West Ham and Sunderland battle it out for striker

According to the Mirror, West Ham have turned their sights towards West Bromwich Albion forward Peter Odemwingie, after their bid to bring Liverpool’s Andy Carroll to Upton Park failed.

They look set to face competition from Sunderland for the Nigerian international, who has impressed during his two years at the Hawthorns, cementing his position as main striker with 26 Premier League goals. Odemwingie was the subject of a bid from Qatari club Al-Gharrafa earlier this summer, which was rejected by the Premier League club. The Baggies are adamant that their valuation of the player will be met before he is allowed to depart.

West Ham have been tracking Odemwingie for most of the summer, and he has now emerged as the leading candidate after a £90,000-a-week, £18m deal for Andy Carroll fell through. Manager Sam Allardyce is keen to recruit a proven Premier League striker who can supply the goals that will maintain their top-flight status after last season’s promotion back to the top flight. The Hammers are also believed to have finally agreed a £10m fee for Wolves and England winger Matt Jarvis, although personal terms are still to be settled.

However, the signing of Odemwingie may not be so straightforward, as Allardyce will face competition from the Black Cats, who are in the process of assembling a new-look strike-force after agreeing a fee for Wolves’ forward Steven Fletcher for a reported £12m. The sale of Asamoah Gyan and the return of Nicklas Bendtner to parent club Arsenal after his loan spell has left Martin O’Neill eager to replenish his striking options at the Stadium of Light.