Saturday 27 December 2014

Hammers close in on Carroll cover

Published 07/08/2014 | 12:30

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

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.

Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed a dream to play for the Hammers in the former Olympic Stadium fuelled his desire to sign for the club.

The £12million Ecuador international, who scored all three goals for his country in the World Cup finals, has envisaged playing European football at the now re-named Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Speaking at the ground which will become West Ham's home in two years, Valencia said: "Being so close to the stadium I just want to go inside and start playing.

"I saw the Olympics on television, but I never dreamed of standing here. I'm looking forward to playing in this great stadium.

"It played a big part in me coming to West Ham. It would be fantastic (to be in Europe) and a dream come true.

"Hopefully we can make it happen in a couple of years."

Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed he may yet be fit for the opening game of the season at home to Spurs on August 16, despite suggestions he is not up to scratch after his World Cup exploits.

Speaking to the club's official website, Valencia added: "I'm training normally at the moment.

"I'm training very hard and trying to get match fit. I could be okay for the first or second game. I'm not quite sure yet, that's up to the manager."

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