West Ham to sign Atletico Madrid Raul Jimenez on loan

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According to The Daily Mail, West Ham are set to sign Mexican striker Raul Jimenez on loan from Atletico Madrid following Enner Valencia's long term injury.

The Mexican striker is waiting on his work permit to sign with the Hammers for the season. He played 21 games in La Liga last season and scored one goal, but will now be overshadowed by Antoine Griezmann and newly transferred Jackson Martinez.

A good replacement?

Enner Valencia has been ruled out for 12 weeks and West Ham need a striker who can bang in goals as a replacement. Despite the availability of Mauro Zarata, there are concers about West Ham's strike force.


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They've had a great transfer window so far, signing Pedro Obiang, Angel Ogbonna, Dimitri Payet and Randolph, but it seems as if the Hammers will need a new striker to fill the gap left by Valencia and Andy Carroll due to injuries. 

Even though Jimenez's stats from last season do not look great for a first team striker, he had a successful Copa America with Mexico scoring two goals in three games.

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As Jackson Martinez will replace Mario Mandzukic as Atletico's main striker next season, Jimenez may need to find a new club to prove to Atletico manager Diego Simeone that he is worth the €11 million the Colchoneros bought him for from Club America in 2014. 

Jimenez certainly has the potential to be a short term replacement for Enner Valencia but he will have to settle in London in a squad that doesn't feature a single Mexican player. West Ham does have a couple of Spanish speaking players in the names of Diego Poyet, Mauro Zarate, Pedro Obiang, Adrian and Enner Valencia which should help him during his time at the Boleyn Ground if he does move.

Jimenez seems to be a good signing for the Hammers and he could do well at West Ham under new manager Slaven Bilic. With rumours going around that only the work permit application needs to be confirmed before the Mexican makes the move, we could very well see yet another young-ish talent in the Premier League.

What does he bring to the West Ham side?

In the latest seasons, West Ham have not been known for their goalscoring prowesses and it seems as if Raul Jimenez could change that. Indeed, he seemed to have a very promising career in his first club Club America where he scored 36 goals in 96 appearances.

Jimenez has also been performing well with his national team, scoring eight goals in 36 games. Standing at 1.90 meters tall, Jimenez is known for his headed goals as well as his penalties and he has a lot of strength that he can use in game to make tackles.

Can West Ham be the club where Jimenez gets his career back on the rise? Only one goal in 21 appearances with Atletico clearly hasn't impressed Diego Simeone who's ready to let him go on loan to London.

If Zarate and Jimenez were to play up top together for West Ham at the beginning of next season, the Hammers could very well be last year's Southampton and against all odds battle for Europa League places.

What's good about a move like this for Jimenez is that he will definitely get playing time due to the numerous injured strikers at West Ham. He can get his confidence back up and really offer West Ham some attacking power, which is something they've been lacking.

Indeed, West Ham finished 12th last season but only scored 44 goals (just two more than QPR who finished bottom) despite Diafra Sakho's decent record of 12 goals all competitions in the 2014-2015 season.

If this deal doesn't work?

If the deal failed, West Ham have announced their interest in PSG striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, who played 15 games at the Parc des Princes last season scoring two.

They are also interested in Charlie Austin, who seems to be on the move following QPR's relegation. With the likes of Newcastle also interested, there's no doubt that the Englishman will try to get a move back to the Premier League.

Charlie Austin was very impressive with QPR last season, scoring 18 goals in 35 appearances. He would definitely be a safe bet for West Ham but they face tough competition from Newcastle which could ruin their hopes of getting the striker.

What do you think West Ham fans? Which one of these three strikers would you rather sign and why? Let us know in the comments below.

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