Hammers looking to gazump Premier League clubs with £5m move

Sam Allardyce is preparing an audacious bid to bring Premier League-bound Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha to Upton Park in January according to The Sun.

The England under 19’s sensational has been touted as one of the best youngsters in the country at the moment and looked set for a move to the top flight in January. However, Allardyce believes he can tempt the winger to stay in London and help the Hammers earn promotion at the first attempt.

Earlier this week, Palace boss Dougie Freedman suggested that Zaha could sign a new deal at Selhurst Park but the £5million rated player could be open to a long term contract at West Ham instead.

Irons boss Allardyce has informed owners David’s Gold and Sullivan that the club need to strengthen in the window if they are to stay on track for promotion after a loss of form and a series of injuries. Wingers Gary O’Neil, Henri Lansbury and Matty Taylor all missed Saturday defeat at Reading and Jack Collison will start a three match ban this week after being sent off at the Madejski.

The reality of a 46-game season is dawning on Allardyce, therefore a January move for Zaha could be forthcoming.

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