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Nov 262013
Sam Allardyce

West Ham went into the current campaign looking to build on their fantastic tenth place finish from the season prior.

Last season the goals of Andy Carroll were instrumental in their unprecedented success, however the Geordie has been missing in every game this season due to a heel injury.

With the goals having dried up West Ham are in dire straits, they hover just above the relegation zone having only managed to score nine goals.

With no imminent return for Carroll the Hammers know they have to strengthen in January. Below are some of the forwards they will be looking at.

Felipe Caicedo

The former Man City striker fits the Sam Allardyce mantra perfectly; the big industrious forward is capable of playing the lone striker.  The Ecuadorian is currently with Lokomotiv Moscow but has admitted that he would jump at the opportunity to join the Irons.  Although Caicedo isn’t the most prolific goal-scorer his hold-up play could prove invaluable and bring exciting players like Ravel Morrison into the game.

Jermain Defoe

The striker left Upton Park in an acrimonious move to rivals Tottenham Hotspur but has recently stated that he would like to return to the club and put things right. Betfair price Defoe at 5/2 to make the World Cup squad, but if he continues to remain on the bench for Tottenham then manager Roy Hodgson may leave him in England. Defoe wants first team football and Spurs seem willing to let him leave for £6.5million, which is well within the reach of the Hammers budget. If Allardyce gets the chance Defoe should be a certain signing, he’s a proven goal-scorer and very affordable.

Diego Forlan

Some sections of the media have suggested that former Man United striker Diego Forlan is a January target. At 34-years-old the Uruguayan will certainly be a stop-gap signing. The striker has been prolific in Europe but endured a torrid time in England with just 10 goals in 63 appearances.  It would be surprising if Allardyce were to prioritise Forlan over Defoe and Caicedo.

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