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Monday 22 September 2014

Hammers close in on Carroll cover

Published 07/08/2014 | 12:30

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Peter Crouch is one of the strikers in West Ham's sights

West Ham joint chairman David Sullivan has revealed the club have made a number of offers for strikers as they target cover for the injury-enforced absence of Andy Carroll.

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Stoke's Peter Crouch is the Hammers' main target, but reports state that interest has also been shown in Hugo Almeida of Besiktas, while Samuel Eto'o has also been linked with a move to Upton Park.

Carroll has been ruled out until November after sustaining an ankle injury during the pre-season tour to New Zealand.

"We've got offers in for three or four strikers - one in England, three abroad - and we just hope to land one of them," Sullivan told the club's official website.

"We do need to sign another player. We have worked 24/7 all summer and we still want to get at least one more striker in. It's been very, very tough.

"We're pleased with the players we've got - players with massive potential for the future - but we know there aren't enough goals in the team at the moment.

"Pre-season hasn't gone quite as planned. The worst thing is that we picked up injuries, in particular to Andy Carroll who is out for four months and makes a huge difference to us."

Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate are the key names among the six new arrivals at West Ham this summer, but £13million Ecuador striker Valencia will miss the start of the season after being involved in the World Cup.

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