Five January strike solutions for West Ham

With two losses on the spin, Mauro Zarate edging towards the exit door and Diafra Sakho set to head away for the African Cup of Nations, West Ham’s season is at somewhat of a crossroads.

The Hammers have been, arguably, the surprise package of the 2014/15 campaign so far, with a series of great summer arrivals and Sam Allardyce’s tactical alterations having played the Irons into contention for a top four finish – unthinkable before a ball was kicked.

To keep the wheels on and all spinning in the right direction, a new centre-forward may be needed to back up Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia, and here are five January options…

Danny Ings

Danny Ings

Another striker plying his trade in claret and blue, Ings could be a January option for West Ham. A star turn in the Championship last term, netting 22 goals, the Burnley man has made an impressive start to life in the top tier, and with his contract expiring in six months’ time, he’s an option worth considering with his value at around £7m.

As the video illustrates, Ings can score all types of goals, and at 22 he is certainly a long-term option. A move for the England U-21 my also allow the Hammers to look at life beyond Carlton Cole, who would drop right down the pecking order should a swoop come off.

Islam Slimani

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A star of the summer’s World Cup, West Ham have been heavily linked with Slimani for some time. The Sporting Lisbon ace, like Sakho, is set to feature in the African Cup of Nations with Algeria, but he would provide a genuine option for the Irons over the latter half of the season.

Slimani stats

An impressive six goals in 11 outings for Sporting in the league this season illustrates that he’s certainly on form, and a fee of £8m is likely to be tempting for Allardyce as he looks to keep his West Ham side in the hunt for a top four finish.

Jermain Defoe

At 32, Defoe is by no means a youngster and with his fractious relationship with Hammers supporters, he’s by no means a popular character at Upton Park. However, the one thing the ex-Spurs man will bring is goals, and plenty of them. Defoe is a seasoned Premier League veteran having played for the likes of West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham, scoring regularly in the process.

Defoe stats

A nightmare 2014 with Toronto looks set to end in January with a move back to England, but the Irons may have to see off interest from QPR, with Harry Redknapp known to be keen.

Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell

Campbell’s 2014/15 has been bizarre so far. After shining on loan with Olympiakos last season and starring for Costa Rica as they ran all the way to the World Cup quarter-finals, the pacey striker was expected to make a long-awaited impact at Arsenal. However, he has barely been given any playing time, despite Arsene Wenger having opted against allowing him to leave on loan over the summer.

Razor-sharp in the box, hard working out of it and able to score goals from a range of positions and areas of the pitch, Campbell looks to have all the tools to be a success in English football. A loan move may appeal to both Arsenal and West Ham, with the former getting to see their man in regular action while the latter would get cover up top.

Bafetimbi Gomis

Bafe Gomis

Crystal Palace are understood to be chasing the burley Frenchman, but West Ham could present Gomis with more appealing option. The ex-Lyon star only joined the Swans on a free transfer over the summer, but after failing to establish himself as a regular at the Liberty Stadium, a move away in January looks to be on the cards.

Reports suggest that a fee of around £6m will be enough to land the experienced for Les Bleus star, which is within the Hammers’ winter budget.


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