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New striker to arrive in London this weekend

Filed: Thursday, 21st January 2016
By: Staff Writer

West Ham's replacement for the outgoing Mauro Zarate and Nikica Jelavic is scheduled to arrive in London this weekend for talks.

The KUMB Forum and social media have been awash with claims and counter-claims this week after co-owner David Sullivan revealed in an interview with Sky Sports that the club were hoping to sign a new striker ahead of the transfer deadline.

A veritable host of names have been bandied around in the past 48 hours with some of the leading candidates including Tigres' Andre-Pierre Gignac - a former team mate of DImitri Payet's at Marseille, Fenerbache's Nigerian international Emmanuel Emenike, Moussa Sow of Al Ahli and Demba Ba, who spent four months at the Boleyn during West Ham's relegation season of 2010/11.

And whilst speculation continues to mount over the identity of Sullivan's man, KUMB has learnt that the player will arrive in London this weekend ahead of talks regarding a short-term move that will include an option for a permanent deal.

Speaking to Sky on Tuesday, Sullivan revealed: "We are looking long-term for a 20-goal-a-season striker and there's a possibility that an overseas striker will come in on loan within the next seven days.

"I can't tell you [in which country he plays] because you'd know exactly who it is! It's like when we signed Manuel Lanzini from Saudi Arabia, but he has played in higher leagues."

The main players; who's your money on?

Demba Ba: Looked excellent during his brief spell at West Ham in 2011 and scored seven in just 12 appearances. Now 30, currently playing in China for Shanghai Shenhua having left Besiktas last summer.

Emmanuel Emenike: Contracted to Fenerbahce but currently on loan with Al Ain in the UAE Pro-League. Now 28. Retired from international football last October so a question regarding work permit status.

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Andre-Pierre Gignac: Aged 30, currently plays for Tigres in Mexico's Liga MX. Linked with West Ham last February and then again in June, before opting to move to his current club. West Ham also made recent enquiries into his availability. Used to play alongside Dimitri Payet and Swansea's Andre Ayew at L'OM.

Moussa Sow: Another who left Turkey for the riches of the Middle East last summer. Now featuring for Al Ahli with Emenike in the UAE Pro-League. Aged 30.

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