West Ham line up Porto ace as Plan B

Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella

West Ham are interested in signing Porto striker Silvestre Varela should they fail to sign Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella, reports the Express.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen on bringing a new forward to Upton Park, with record signing Andy Carroll still out with a heel injury.

Varela has scored 25 goals in 4 seasons with FC Porto, as well as scoring twice in the Champions League last season. But the Portuguese forward remains West Ham’s 2nd choice, behind Juventus’ Quagliarella.

The Italian has scored 22 goals for Juventus, as he helped them to lift consecutive Serie A titles. But the 30-year-old has struggled to cement a regular starting place at the Juventus Stadium, starting just 13 league matches last year.

Hammers striker Mobido Maiga is currently the only fit forward at Upton Park, but the 25-year-old hasn’t scored in West Ham’s first two matches of the new season. Maiga scored just two league goals for West Ham last season, after making 17 appearances. His appearances could be limited again this year if Allardyce lands one of the two strikers.

Despite spending £15million on Carroll and £5million on Downing, the Hammers boss appears to still have a transfer budget for another addition, even though West Ham have not sold a player from their squad that finished 10th last season.

Would one of the two be good for West Ham? Which one should they sign? Or have they overlooked someone better?

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