According to The Sun, West Ham United will move for Watford captain Troy Deeney if they fail to sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool this month.
It is no secret that West Ham are in the market for a new centre-forward, with Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic currently on the sidelines for the Hammers.
The London club sealed the signing of Joao Mario from Inter Milan on Friday afternoon, and now head coach David Moyes wants to bring a new striker to the London Stadium.
The deal for Sturridge is said to hinge on whether West Ham are prepared to commit to a future permanent transfer, with the England international commanding a £25m pricetag.
Deeney, on the other hand, would be a much cheaper option for the London club.
Deeney has not exactly been full of goals this season – managing just two in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old is certainly an awkward customer in the final third of the field, but it is difficult to see what he would bring to West Ham.
Carroll is set to stay at the London Stadium following interest from Chelsea, and the former Newcastle United striker is a better target man than Deeney.
Javier Hernandez, meanwhile, is a better poacher, and it is difficult to see where Deeney would fit into the West Ham team when Manuel Lanzini and Arnautovic are both fit.
Deeney, who is valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, would certainly relish the chance to move to the London Stadium, but Sturridge would be a much better option in the final third of the field.