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21:50  11 july  2019
21:50  11 july  2019 Source:   readsport.co

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West Ham target Costa told he can leave Atletico Madrid West Ham United’s search for a striker has been one of the headlines of the summer transfer window and the most recent name to be linked is Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa. The former Chelsea frontman returned to Madrid following four successful years at Stamford Bridge in 2017 but it seems like his time in the Spanish capital could be running thin. According to the Daily Star, Costa has been told he can leave Atletico this summer following the big-money arrivals of Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix and three Premier League clubs are interested in his services.

Allardyce claims West Ham should sign Diego Costa © Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Sport Deportivo Alaves v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga

Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes the club should go all out to sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

The Spain international has been linked with a return to the Premier League this week, just 18 months after he left Chelsea to return to the Spanish capital, with other Premier League rivals such as Everton linked with an offer.

The Hammers meanwhile are desperate to bring in a forward this summer, having lost Andy Carroll following the expiration of his contract, while Lucas Perez and Marko Arnautovic have been sold.

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Allardyce claims West Ham should sign Diego Costa © Alex Caparros/Getty Images Sport Alex Caparros/Getty Images Sport

While Costa hasn’t had the most successful of spells back with Atletico, having struggled to score consistently while he recently received an eight-match ban for abusing a referee, the 30-year old is still remember for his destructive spell as Chelsea’s main forward, scoring 52 total league goals as he led his side to two Premier League titles.

Speaking on talkSPORT’s breakfast show, Allardyce made clear his stance that West Ham should do everything they can to bring the forward to the London Stadium. Allardyce said:

“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.”

“Pushing on that little bit farther, he could actually get them into Europe with his goals.”

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“He’s definitely the sort of player who would be a hit with the West Ham fans.”

The former England international was backed in his claim by former Hammers academy graduate Glen Johnson, who also believes that the club should go all out to bring the controversial figure back to England. Johnson said:

“He’s a fantastic player and I could see him go to West Ham.”

“He’s still got plenty left in the tank and the club have shown over the years that if they want someone they’ll go and get them. They can pay Diego the wages he would no doubt demand.”

“I reckon he would thrive being a big fish in a smaller pond as well. I think it would be a perfect fit. I’d love to see him back in the Premier League and would love to see him at West Ham.”

“If Arnie is gone, I would have swapped the pair of them over anyway. I’d rather Diego in my team than Arnie all day long”

“He’s one of those players who you’d love to have him on your side, but he’s nightmare to play against.”

Costa is just the latest player linked with a switch and plenty more are sure to be considered as the Hammers look to find replacements before the transfer window closes.

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