The Sun are reporting that Robin van Persie is available this summer, with Fenerbahce understood to have offered the Dutchman's services to various Premier League clubs.
One of the clubs who have reportedly been sounded out regarding the Dutchman is West Ham United. The Hammers have made no secret of their pursuit of a top-class striker, but their search has so far been fruitless, including failed attempts to sign Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette and Marseille marksman Michy Batshuayi.
While Hammers fans would surely not be entirely happy with the acquisition of a 32-year-old striker, whose fitness is questionable, to say the least, Van Persie's record in the Premier league speaks for itself, and he could be the perfect stop-gap signing.
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This would prevent West Ham from rushing into signing someone on a long-term basis who was not their first or even second choice.
The Dutch international scored 144 goals in 280 Premier League appearances during his first spell in England, and would fit seamlessly into Slaven Bilic's side. He has the ability to play with his back to goal, and is surprisingly strong in holding off opponents, so could be used as the focal point of the West Ham attack.
If a move were to come to fruition, it is unlikely that he would be a regular starter, especially in the early stages, but the wealth of experience and undoubted quality that he would bring to the setup would be invaluable.
His experience of playing at top Premier League clubs would be useful for the Hammers when they face the league's elite clubs.
Earlier this week, Fenerbahce president Azil Yildirim admitted the are open to offers:
“Van Persie? We’re waiting for buyers, if he wants to be sold.”
The Turkish outfit signed Van Persie for roughly £4 million last summer, and the tabloid claim that a figure in the same region will be enough to secure his services.
With the former Arsenal and Manchester United man's advancing years, it would be a move not entirely without risk, which is why West Ham should only bring him to the club on a short-term deal.
Whether the Dutchman would consider a move without the security of a contract for over two years is another matter, but it is an avenue that the Londoners should explore, nevertheless.
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