Even before the 2013/14 season had kicked into gear the blatant lack of goal-scoring firepower within the West Ham ranks made the east London outfit a conducting rod for striker bid tittle-tattle and little has changed, with Felipe Caicedo the latest gun for hire touted as an Upton Park saviour.
However the Lokomotiv Moscow man’s largely modest scoring record suggests that his signing may be an ineffective pair of dentures for the Irons’ gummy attack and he won’t come cheap.
No Hammers goal is the 7/5 favourite in bwin’s number of home goals betting when Chelsea visit the Boleyn Ground in the club’s next Premier League fixture.
Caicedo’s best ever seasonal return was 14 goals in 29 games for Levante in 2010/11.
Seven complete seasons of club football is not a bad amount to have under your belt as a 25-year-old, but the season in which Manchester City farmed him out to the La Liga outfit is the only one in which he has topped eight goals in all competitions.
In his most prolific season with the Citizens he managed eight goals in 24 appearances.
The Ecuadorean was linked with a £7m move to Bolton Wanderers in the summer.
Modest, yet far from miserable stats such as those previously quoted may seem more than adequate for a sticking plaster solution for the wound caused by the absence of the continually brittle Andy Carroll.
However, given summer mutterings over a move to Championship Bolton came with a price tag commensurate to the one Lokomotiv paid Levante for a far more prolific hitman back in 2011/12 mark him out as overpriced.
Under contract at Lokomotiv Stadium until summer 2015 his value is unlikely to have descended too many floors since that summer price projection.
Modibo Maiga, Carlton Cole and Mladen Petric have yet to register a goal between them this season.
The goal drought among the Hammers’ purpose-employed strikers has been such that any unnecessary net-bulging such as in training, warm-ups or Xbox face-offs may need to be banned in order that enough are available on match days to ensure survival.
As such even the overpriced recruitment of Caicedo may well prove preferable to cost of Premier League relegation.