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Hammers chief targets two strikers

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West Ham chairman David Sullivan has pledged to help land two new strikers to bolster Gianfranco Zola's squad before the transfer window closes.

Sullivan, a life-long Irons fan, has, along with business partner David Gold, a former youth team player at Upton Park, acquired 50% of the Barclays Premier League outfit in a deal which values the club at £105million and gives the duo operational and commercial control.

The pair have met with Zola and assistant manager Steve Clarke to discuss the way forwards.

"We agreed we need at least one striker by the Portsmouth match and the second by the end of the window," Sullivan said in the London Evening Standard.

"I was hugely impressed with Gianfranco and Steve. It is so great to meet a man who wants to work with us and make the team better.

"He has a 'can-do' attitude, but with a pragmatic approach. Gianfranco is a really nice guy. I believe he can be a great manager."

Blackburn's Benni McCarthy, 32, almost joined West Ham from Porto five years ago, and has been linked with a switch to east London.

Hammers co-owner David Gold said: "He would be a good acquisition, if that could be achieved.

"It's possible, but all strikers that are available as we speak are possible."

Gold added on Sky Sports News: "It is a question of 'can we do business?'"

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