West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is pondering a short-term January deal to bring one time Newcastle and Birmingham forward Obafemi Martins to Upton Park, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The Nigerian ace is currently plying his trade with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS, and could be available for a temporary move next month with the American season now finished.

Allardyce has been linked with a number of players of late as he plots to address attacking concerns at the club.

Andy Carroll’s injury woes have seen the Hammers forced to play a ‘strikerless’ system, which has contributed to their meagre 13 goal tally this after 15 Premier League games.

‘Big Sam’ is keen to land a player with a proven record for finding the back of the net and experience in English football, which are two requirements that Martins fills.

Seattle may grant their star striker permission to pursue a temporary move, with the 29-year-old still hopeful of securing a spot in his national side’s squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup – despite not having worn the green jersey for some time.

Martins may be one of a number of MLS players to move to England in January, with Clint Dempsey – also of the Sounders – and Landon Donovan having been mooted as targets for the likes of Fulham and Everton.

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