Footy Extras

Not Higuain: EPL rivals keen on bringing in La Liga star who Chelsea sold for €56m

West Ham United are exploring a summer move for Atletico Madrid star and former Chelsea player Diego Costa, the Mirror exclusively reports.

The Irons are reportedly examining all options after losing out to the Spanish club Valencia in the race to land Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, with manager Manuel Pellegrini wanting the quality to replace the strikers Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll after their departures this summer.

The 30-year-old Costa is on the way out of Los Rojiblancos this summer as a result of the breakdown of his relationship with the side he went on strike back in 2017 to rejoin after three stormy campaigns with Chelsea.

Wolves and Everton have also been mooted as potential Premier League destinations for the player, but none of the three sides has yet made a firm offer for the Brazil-born Spain international.

West Ham United also have Gonzalo Higuain, another former Chelsea man, in their sights as well as Eintracht Frankfurt hitman Sebastian Haller.

Argentina international Gonzalo is available following Chelsea’s decision to send him back to Serie A club Juventus at the end of a loan stint that began in January and saw a return of only five goals in 18 matches.

The Hammers would look to take the player on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy, and Bianconeri want any such deal to include an obligation to buy the now 31-year-old South American.