Date: 31st December 2020 at 8:20am
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In-the-know podcaster @ExWHUemployee has speculated over the chances of West Ham United signing former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that the Spanish forward’s contract with Atletico Madrid had been immediately terminated and he was available on a free transfer (via The Athletic).

One Premier League club which was touted to have its eyes on the 32-year-old striker prior to his release was Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal (per AS Diario).

It was claimed that the north London outfit was ‘very attentive to events‘ surrounding the former Blues frontman, however, the Gunners have since ‘played down‘ these reports.

During the latest episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, @ExWHUemployee speculated over the chances of the Spaniard moving to the London Stadium.

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He said: “Diego Costa is a free, I don’t think we’ll be able to get him, purely because he’ll be on big wages and I think the likes of Arsenal will move for him and other clubs.

“We should be interested in him because, yes, he’s 31/32 and I don’t think he’s been overly successful since going back to Spain, at the end of the day, he’s the sort of character you need there.

“[He’s] a fighter, someone who’s going to rough them up, [a] bit of a presence.

“So, I’d like to think we would be interested but probably, I would imagine other clubs would be ahead of us.”

TIF Thoughts on @ExWHUemployee’s Diego Costa speculation…

As can be seen in what the in-the-know podcaster had to say, he believes that the Hammers would struggle to sign the striker even if they were interested.

Would you like to see West Ham try and sign Diego Costa?

No, he's not that good

No, he's not that good

Yes, he's a class player

Yes, he's a class player

However, looking at his performances from this season, they would suggest that even if the Irons were interested, then it perhaps would not be a good idea.

Over seven appearances in La Liga so far this season, Costa found the back of the net on two occasions and did not provide teammates with any assists (per WhoScored).

Costa’s performances earned him a weak 6.51/10 average rating for Atletico, making him their third-worst performer in the league.

So, that would certainly suggest that David Moyes may be better served by steering clear of any notion of signing the frontman.