The Hammers are extremely low of forward thinking options, with summer arrival Andy Carroll sidelined through injury.
Having allowed Carlton Cole to leave and missed out on a number of transfer targets during the last window. ‘Big Sam’ has only Modibo Maiga and recent arrival Mladen Petric to rely upon to occupy the position.
Boyd has emerged as an option for the Londoners, who are said to be monitoring his situation ahead of a winter swoop.
The German-born nine-time American international is currently plying his trade with Rapid Vienna, for whom he has struck 17 goals since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund last year.
His razor-sharp edge in front of goal has caught the attention of a number of clubs from across Europe, including Lazio and Udinese.
But, Allardyce is hopeful that an increased chance of first-team football may be enough to lure Boyd to Upton Park.
At 6ft 2”, the 22-year-old certainly has the physicality to be a success in the Premier League, which has attracted the West Ham boss.
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