Well, this is very interesting.
With reports from Sweden claiming that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has his heart set on a move to the Premier League this summer — and London in particular — West Ham’s co-owner David Sullivan has revealed the Hammers are very interested in making the striker an offer.
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Ibrahimovic, 34, is out of contract with current club Paris Saint-Germain and will move on this summer following the 2016 European Championships with Sweden.
The enigmatic striker has confirmed there has been interest from the Premier League and big boys Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been mentioned as potential destinations for the former Barcelona, Ajax and Inter Milan forward.
However, with a move to the 60,000 capacity Olympic Stadium coming up this summer and West Ham fighting for the final UEFA Champions League spot, one of their ambitious owners has been talking about bringing Zlatan to east London.
“We have a list of strikers all over Europe and most of our money will go into signing a striker,” Sullivan told talkSPORT Radio in the UK. “That is the plan for next season. I’d love Ibrahimovic from PSG but whether he’d come to us I don’t know. I know he’s 34 and he’s a fantastic player.”
Sullivan went on to claim that this is the best West Ham squad they’ve had in the six years since he and David Gold bought the club, plus their main aim this summer is to bring in exciting attacking talents. Zlatan would certainly fit their remit.
With manager Slaven Bilic assembling a superb squad at Upton Park, a bright future lies ahead for the Hammers as Dimitri Payet continues to run the show in midfield. With an FA Cup quarterfinal replay against Manchester United coming up, they could also be heading to the FA Cup semifinal in April and Bilic looks set for a long reign in charge of the club he used to play for.
At the age of 34, Zlatan would still offer plenty as his goalscoring exploits in France have seen him score 141 goals in 169 games over the past four seasons as well as leading PSG to four-straight French titles.
If West Ham did manage to pull out all the stops to offer Zlatan a contract he wanted, would he be able to make them into a perennial top four team? If you look at this season, strikers Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia have all been out injured for long stretches and each have just four PL goals. Payet leads the Hammers in PL goals with eight, but imagine if they had a man like Zlatan up top to finish off Payet’s playmaking?
Surely he would score 20 goals a season, right?
Zlatan has never played in England and many suggest his big name and big personality would only be suited to the big boys but what if West Ham finish fourth this season and qualify for the UCL?
If they do, maybe they can dare to Zlatan…