West Ham have set their sights on Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino, in a bid to solve their goal-scoring problems, according to talkSPORT.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce remains keen to sign a new striker, despite Andy Carroll’s return to fitness and the fact Carlton Cole has signed another short term contract.

Allardyce tried to bring Gilardino to Upton Park on loan in the summer, but a deal could not be agreed.

However, reports in Italy claim the club are ready to make a new offer for the experienced former AC Milan striker.

Gilardino was linked with a move to the MLS, with FC Toronto reportedly eager to sign the forward as a partner for Jermain Defoe, who has recently completed a move from Tottenham.

The 31-year-old has a decent goals record across his career, managing 19 goals for in 57 caps for Italy during his international career.

He has scored goals consistently in Serie A with the likes of Parma, AC Milan and Fiorentina.

This season he has netted eight goals in 18 Serie A appearances for Genoa.

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