Speaking recently on the Here We Go podcast, Fabrizio Romano discussed West Ham United’s reported interest in AS Roma centre-forward, Edin Dzeko.
Since moving to Roma from Manchester City in what was a £9.9 million deal back in 2016, Dzeko has gone on to feature 242 times for I Giallorossi, scoring 114 goals and providing 52 assists along the way.
However, after falling out with Roma manager, Paulo Fonseca, it has been reported that the £7.2 million-rated 34-year-old is set to leave the Serie A side this month, with West Ham touted as a potential destination (as per TalkSport) for the Bosnia-Herzegovina international.
The Hammers’ alleged interest in Dzeko was one subject of conversation on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, in which Romano claimed there are, at present, no advanced talks between the player and David Moyes’ side.
He said: “No one is looking for a striker, this is the situation. Some clubs [are], yes, like West Ham. But, at the moment, there is nothing with Dzeko – it’s difficult to pay €7.5 million [after tax in wages]. At the moment, there is nothing too serious. Let’s see, because it would be an opportunity – but at the moment, really [there is] nothing going on.”
Would Dzeko be a good signing for West Ham?
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments regarding Edin Dzeko…
As Romano states, West Ham are indeed likely to be in the market for a striker following the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax, a deal which has left Moyes with only Michail Antonio as an out-and-out centre-forward in his first-team squad.
However, with Dzeko reported to be earning £153,000 per week at Roma, as well as the fact the 34-year-old is very much nearing the end of his career as a footballer, in our opinion, a move for the Bosnian would not be the smartest of investments for West Ham. After all, one would imagine that after Haller’s big-money move to east London fell flat, they would want to ensure they make the right call on their next striker.