According to West Ham co-owner David Sullivan the Hammers are interested in signing PSG’s Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer.
The 34-year-old is out of contract in the French capital and is majorly in-demand.
Ibrahimovic has been linked with a number of clubs, but I doubt he would have expected the Hammers to be on his trail.
Considering their striking options
Sullivan talking about the clubs summer transfer intentions he told TalkSPORT: “We have a list of strikers all over Europe and most of our money will go into signing a striker,”
“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.
“There are a number of top Premier League players we may be bidding for, top goalscorers, but I can’t name them. I can’t comment on players from other teams.
“The squad we have at West Ham now is the best we’ve had in six years, by a long, long way. We will be adding to that squad in the summer and hopefully we’ll be a bit better next year.”
I am sure the strikers who are already at the club will not appreciate the clubs owners basically saying they are not good enough and need to be replaced. However, Ibrahimovic is a top-class striker and would add star quality to any team.
Options in the Premier League
Ibrahimovic has recently revealed that he does have options in the Premier League this summer. The Swede has already plied his trade in La Liga, Serie A and Ligue One. He only needs to play in the Bundesliga and the Premier League to complete his set of having played in all of Europe’s top leagues in his career.
When Ibrahimovic talked about options in the Premier League, I doubt he was talking about West Ham. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for the veteran star.
However, it seems that West Ham are also interested, but whether that interest will be followed up with formal contact with the strikers representatives remains to be seen. A move to West Ham this for summer for Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems unlikely.
English clubs are also unlikely to be the only ones interested in acquiring Ibrahimovic’s services this summer, as lucrative moves to China and MLS have also been mooted for the talented, but egotistical star.
A highly ambitious club
West Ham are starting to look like a club that is genuinely ambitious. The Hammers are currently fifth in the Premier League and odds of 11/2 to claim a spot in the Champions League.
Slaven Bilic’s side claiming a top four spot is not completely out of the question, especially with fourth-place Manchester City looking like they are attempting to throw away their spot in Europe’s competition next season.
Everything seems to be in place for West Ham to move forward in the future. They have a good team, managed by a boss who has impressed with his managerial skills this season, and this summer they move into the Olympic Stadium.
West Ham are going places, so with all those things in place it’s not completely ridiculous to suggest that a player of Ibrahimovic’s quality could not be signed, especially if Bilic’s side do the unthinkable and finish ahead of the two Manchester clubs and finish fourth.
According to reports Ibrahimovic would prefer a move to London. The Hammers would also fit the criteria for that one. Zlatan Ibrahimovic turning out for West Ham, even in the twilight of his career looks very unlikely. As we have seen in the Premier League this season though, anything can happen in football.
Even at 34-years-old Ibrahimovic looks like he could be a good signing for most Premier League clubs and it would be an incredible deal if the Hammers could pull it off. However, I am sure that not many West Ham fans will be holding their breath waiting for Zlatan to turn out in claret and blue.
Would Zlatan Ibrahimovic be a realistic target for West Ham this summer?