Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has lined up a summer move for 24-year old striker Wilfried Bony as a possible replacement for Andy Carroll, according to reports in the Sun.

Wilfried Bony is a striker for Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem and has been influential for them scoring 16 goals in 18 games making him the top scorer in the Eredivisie this season. Worth around £12mil Bony also played in the African Cup of Nations, he scored in the group stages and played this weekend for Ivory coast before they got eliminated by Nigeria.

Sam Allardyce is considering his striker options for the summer when Andy Carroll’s loan spell at Upton Park finishes and he feels Wilfried Bony would suit the team. There is no permanent deal agreed with Carroll as yet, therefore the player will go back to Liverpool and either see if he can compete for a place in the team with strikers Suarez, Sturridge and Borini, or whether he will return to Newcastle in a cut price deal worth around £17m.

Allardyce might face some competition from Alan Pardew as the highly rated Ivorian has also been a transfer target for the Newcastle manager who enquired about him in the January transfer window. Will these teams have to fight it out for Wilfried Bony?

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