Habib hoping for Hammers deal

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Habib Habibou is currently training with West Ham United, with a view to sealing a January move, according to

The 24-year-old striker, who hails from the Central African Republic, has previously attracted interest from Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, but emerged as a Hammers target in the summer.

Habibou has been limited to just five appearances for current club Zulte Waregem this season, due to a dispute over a number of contractual issues - but he has been given permission to undertake a trial at Upton Park.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to further strengthen his forward line when the transfer window reopens in January, and is considering making Habibou's temporary switch to east London permanent.

The African ace is believed to have been the 'unnamed trialist' that scored twice for West Ham in a closed-doors friendly with Brentford on Monday evening - making an immediate impact for the Championship promotion hopefuls.

The summer arrival of John Carew and Sam Baldock has given Allardyce additional striker options, but Habibou may also be offered a short-term deal in a bid to help the club win promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.

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