West Ham are on the verge of signing Argentine striker Milton Caragilo.
Skysports.com reports that the pacey 22-year-old is close to securing a £5 million move to Upton Park after agreeing personal terms on Tuesday.
The Rosario Central frontman has grabbed the attention of various clubs across Europe - as well as that of Argentina national coach Diego Maradona - but injury has prevented him from making his international bow.
The Hammers are desperate to bolster their attacking options after flirting with relegation last season, but have been frustrated in their search for reinforcements thus far.
Although they have managed to secure the services of Mexican winger Pablo Barrera and former Portsmouth forward Frederic Piquionne, the east London club reportedly missed out in ambitious attempts to bring German ace Miroslav Klose and former Arsenal hero Thierry Henry to Upton Park.
They also look like they could be pipped to the signature of French prodigy Loic Remy, as Arsenal and Liverpool look to hijack their bid.
However, a deal for Caragilo appears to be imminent as he waits for the necessary paperwork to be processed before the move can be rubber-stamped.