With just a couple of games left in the season and our Premier League place booked for another year boss Sam Allardyce has already started his search for new players ahead of preseason.
Romanian captain Razvan Rat could be heading to Upton Park on a free transfer if rumours are to be believed and we’re being increasingly linked with a permanent move for Yossi Benayoun.
The debacle over whether or not we’ll keep Andy Carroll rumbles on and it appears as though Liverpool – unwilling to extend the striker’s loan deal – will rein Carroll back to Anfield, put him in the shop window and stick a huge price tag on head.
The Hammers need a solid goalscorer next season, for if Carroll and Darren Bent – rumoured to be on his way – leave this summer our forward line looks pretty bare.
Football betting fans can be confident Allardyce has cash to spend and the club were recently linked to Everton’s Nikica Jelavic, who has stuttered at Goodison Park of late and may want to move if David Moyes ups sticks this summer.
What Allardyce is probably after is a strong centre-forward to play the Carroll role and, although you may not have heard of him just yet, FC Copenhagen’s young Danish wonderkid Andreas Cornelius would fit the bill perfectly.
The 19-year-old has scored 18 league goals in his debut Superliga season and is already a first-choice striker in the Denmark national side. He is built like Duncan Ferguson with the goalscoring nous of Alan Shearer and has the right attitude to succeed at Upton Park.
With a £5m bid likely to force Copenhagen’s unwilling hand Cornelius is a good, relatively cheap punt for Allardyce to make and online betting fans should consider the Hammers safe for next season if they benefit from this Dane’s scoring talents.
West Ham have the squad to survive relegation next term but there is no point risking it like Newcastle did and then go on a spending spree in January. Allardyce is likely to bring in a striker and either Jelavic or Cornelius would be perfect for his system.