With Liverpool set to sell Fabio Borini this summer and Sunderland emerging as the favourites to land the Italian, West Ham could well be missing out on a potential star signing.
The Hammers' lack of goals and creativity in the forward department were exposed during the last campaign, with Sam Allardyce's only managing to score 40 goals in 38 matches from the 315 chances that they created.
They were often left short of options up front, with talisman Andy Carroll spending far too much time on the sidelines through injury and fellow forwards Ricardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga failing to consistently produce the goods.
West Ham have made no secret of their desire to bolster their attacking options this summer and Ecuadorian international Enner Valencia is set to arrive for around £12 million from Pachucha subject to a work permit being granted.
Argentine Mauro Zarate has also been brought in from Velez Sarsfield, having previously enjoyed loan spells at Serie A clubs Inter Milan and Lazio. He and Valencia are expected to provide some much needed firepower to West Ham's front line.
Borini would shine at Upton Park
Big Sam’s sides are typically fighters. They are usually a team of players who will rip, claw and scram anything they can. They will put their bodies on the line and are not adverse to putting in a shift to help out the team.
Borini epitomised this throughout his successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season, as his committed and hard-working performances helped the Wearside outfit escape the clutches of relegation.
The Italian is only 23-years-old, yet during his loan spell at Sunderland he enjoyed great individual success. He scored ten goals in all competitions during the last campaign, including seven in 32 Premier League appearances.
He also created 26 chances for his teammates and, despite preferring a role up front, he can also fill in out wide and does so brilliantly as he is a team player and does what his manager requires of him to the best of his ability.
However, the fee Liverpool are after may prove to be a stumbling block for the Hammers as they are already about to fork out a sizeable sum to acquire the services of Valencia.
Also, it is reported that Borini is not keen on a move away from Anfield despite Brendan Rogers’ desire to offload the forward in order to fund a move for QPR striker Loic Remy.
The Italian wants to stay and fight for his place at Liverpool but if they do not want him then West Ham should definitely be in the race for his signature and provide Sunderland with last-minute competition.
The fact he has Premier League experience and a dogged nature, combined with his flair and ability to pull off the sublime, should put him ahead of both Valencia and Zarate in the race to support Carroll up top.
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