The former Hammers manager believes that signing Diego Costa would add a new dimension to the club’s gameplay next season.
Diego Costa has suddenly become an interesting proposition in the transfer window. While the striker is currently playing with his beloved Atletico Madrid, a move may be on the cards. That is because the club have already signed Alvaro Morata to a permanent deal which could make the former Chelsea man surplus to requirements.
And while Diego Simeone enjoys a great relationship with the striker, Diego Costa may decide to leave the club. And in case he does that, the Brazil-born striker will have no shortage of suitors.
West Ham United are eager to sign a striker or a free-scoring forward this summer. The Hammers lost Marko Arnautovic through an act of selfishness and Maxi Gomes has decided to sign for Villarreal.
Sebastien Haller has also been linked with a move to the London Stadium.
However, Sam Allardyce believes that the club needs to consider making a move for Diego Costa, calling him a perfect fit for the club. While he has his issues, the former Bolton manager feels that the striker is going to be a huge success at the club and has urged them to go for him.
“The salary is what you have to pay for a goalscorer and they’ll reap the rewards if he gets West Ham in the top half of the table,” the former manager said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“Pushing on that little bit farther, he could actually get them into Europe with his goals.
“He’s definitely the sort of player who would be a hit with the West Ham fans.”
And former West Ham player, Glenn Johnson agrees with Allardyce, stating that Diego Costa is great at winding up his opponents.
The ex-England defender added: “He’s not as aggressive as he seems, he’s just quite smart. He makes defenders boil.
“I’ve seen him unravel calm defenders and turn them into having fights they never want to have, and by doing so they lose concentration and then all they’re concentrating on is trying to take a chunk out of him rather than defending properly.
“When he plays like that, that’s when he’s at his best. As long as he keeps the aggression controlled and clever, that he’s when he gets in the form like he had at Chelsea.
“He never played against me, but I’d see him do stuff on the pitch and it would make me laugh, it would make me smile.
“He’s quite cute with it and I’d see people bite. But you know exactly what he’s trying to do, so just try to ignore it and nail him when you get the chance.”