The Hammers had been heavily linked to McCormack in January but never made an official approach. However, sources at talkSPORT have suggested the Premier League club could be ready to renew its interest with a summer bid for the Leeds striker.
With Leeds being condemned to another season in the Championship, along with the uncertainty around Elland Road following Massimo Cellino’s recent takeover, the Scotland international would be forgiven for seeking a new challenge in a higher league.
For Sam Allardyce, the addition of McCormack would provide welcomed competition to the injury-prone Andy Carroll.
In Carroll’s absence, West Ham’s lack of goals was severe. Despite boasting 13 clean sheets this season, the Hammers have only recently secured their place in next year’s Premier League and will be desperate to avoid a similar fate next year.
West Ham’s problems in the attacking third got so bad that Allardyce was forced into re-signing former player Carlton Cole just months after declaring the striker surplus to requirements at Upton Park. The 30-year-old’s return of six Premier League goals makes him the club’s second-leading scorer this season, just one behind Kevin Nolan, who is set to be the named the Hammers most prolific marksman for a second year running with seven strikes.
Is McCormack worth the gamble?
McCormack would be a welcomed addition to the Hammers' setup, but it would be a signing that carries an element of risk. Despite an incredible return of 28 goals for Leeds this season, the Leeds captain has never played in the Premier League and also has a relatively poor record of just two strikes in 10 senior international appearances for Scotland.
Staying in the Premier League next season is imperative for the Hammers, especially as they are set for their move to the Olympic Stadium in just two years' time. Perhaps McCormack will be there to help fire the goals that will ensure they bring top-flight football to their new home.
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