Hammers chief Sam Allardyce is set to step up his plans to lure a new striker to Upton Park over the winter in a bid to solve his side’s final third woes.
A series of injuries have prevented big money signing Andy Carroll from making an impact since his permanent arrival from Liverpool during the last window, while emergency signings Mladen Petric and Carlton Cole have done little since their respective arrivals.
‘Big Sam’ has often elected to play a system without devoid of an orthodox striker, with Kevin Nolan being deployed as the focal point of the attack.
This has resulted in a rather fruitless season for the London club in front of goal, with only nine strikes – the joint second worst total in the Premier League – having been witnessed by the Irons’ fans.
Allardyce sees Almeida as an ideal solution to his problems, and is ready to make a serious move for his signature once the transfer window re-opens.
The 29-year-old has been in fine form for Besiktas of late, finding the back of the net on six occasions in his last 10 games.
At 6ft 3”, the former Werder Bremen man has the physical attributes to cope with English football, and could thrive on the delivery supplied by the likes of Nolan, Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing.
West Ham have also been linked with Jermain Defoe and Demba Ba.
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