Hammers look to West London to bolster strikeforce

West Ham United have now turned their attention to Fulham’s Andy Johnson in their chase to land a new striker, say The Daily Mirror.

Last week, Hammer’s manager Sam Allardyce looked desperate to sign Reading’s Irish international Shane Long, but with Reading seemingly unwilling to sell to a rival in the Championship, Allardyce has once again turned to the Premier League to look for reinforcements.

Former Everton striker Johnson, who cost Fulham £10.5 million in 2008 has only one year remaining on his contract and West Ham are looking to land him on the cheap, offering around £2 million for the 30-year olds services.

After an injury-prone few seasons, Johnson is back in goalscoring form, netting twice under new boss Martin Jol in the Europa League. However Allardyce thinks he can tempt the striker with a move across London, with Hammer’s chairman David Gold making ominous noises and backing his manager: ‘I can say for certain we will at least bring in another striker. We will not leave a stone unturned to get the players Sam wants, as was the case with those we have already brought in.’

Fulham will be loathe to lose a striker who appears back in form, but may choose to negotiate a higher price and deal, rather than see him leave for nothing next year.

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