West Ham United make approach for Alexander Sorloth

West Ham United have reportedly submitted an enquiry to sign Alexander Sorloth, who has a release clause worth €38 million in his contract with La Liga club Villarreal.

According to a report by Spanish outlet AS, Alexander Sorloth is the subject of interest from West Ham United. The Hammers have been scouring the market for a striker heading into the summer transfer window. They have submitted an enquiry to sign the Norwegian striker from La Liga club Villarreal, with his contract having a release clause worth €38 million.

Alexander Sorloth and his journeyman career

Alexander Sorloth has finally found a stable footing in his career since joining Villarreal from RB Leipzig last summer. A native of Trondheim, he spent his formative years in his homeland and graduated from the youth division at Rosenborg BK. However, he has been a journeyman since then, turning out for nine clubs thus far in his professional career.

The 28-year-old has found most success in La Liga, first during his loan spell at Real Sociedad in the 2021/22 season before going from strength to strength at Villarreal last term. Sorloth nearly won the Pichichi Trophy in his debut season at Estadio de la Ceramica, amassing 23 goals in 34 La Liga outings and 26 strikes in 41 appearances across all competitions. He also provided six assists.

Meanwhile, Alexander Sorloth’s exploits for Villarreal have not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several well-known clubs across Europe. A return to the Premier League might be on the cards, with West Ham United interested in signing him. The Hammers have already submitted an enquiry for the Norwegian international.

London return in the pipeline?

West Ham United’s interest in Alexander Sorloth is understandable. The Hammers have been scouring the market for a striker heading into the summer transfer window, with Michail Antonio and Danny Ings on the wrong side of 30. In addition, the latter has barely made his mark for West Ham, while the latter has suffered a dip in performance levels.

So, several strikers, including Jonathan David, have emerged on West Ham United’s radar. But Sorloth is also a viable target for the East London club, with the Hammers already enquiring about the 28-year-old Villarreal striker. Meanwhile, his contract with the club has a release clause worth €38 million.

The Norwegian striker has previous experience in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, although he struggled throughout his spell at the South London club. However, apart from West Ham, Sorloth is a target for AS Roma, with the Giallorossi also enquiring about him. So, it will be interesting to see if his latest adventure in La Liga ends with a move to the London Stadium.

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