West Ham United are prepared to give up on the permanent signing of Liverpool striker Andy Carroll and may instead target Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony, reports the Sunday Telegraph.
The London club have grown tired of Carroll's unwillingness to put pen to paper on a deal, with the striker's demands for £100,000 a week believed to be putting off manager Sam Allardyce.
After the two club's agreed a £15.5m fee for the England international, who spent last season on loan at Upton Park, last month - a deal was believed to be close.
But Carroll is understood to be unsure on whether or not to make the move, despite Reds' boss Brendan Rodgers informing him that he has no future at Anfield.
West Ham, who failed with a bid for Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo last week, have already held talks with Bony's representatives about a possible move.
The 24-year-old, who regularly partners Didier Drogba in attack for his national team, was Eredivisie's top-scorer last season with 31 goals for Vitesse, taking his overall tally to 46 in just 65 games for the Dutch club.
Previously a Czech league and cup winner with Sparta Prague, for whom he netted 22 times, interest in Bony is thought to be high.
Stoke City had been thought to be favourites to sign the six-foot forward, but the departure of Tony Pulis as manager may have changed their plans, with his replacement Mark Hughes reportedly considering other options.
Meanwhile Carroll, who is currently on holiday in the United States, may be also be forced to have a rethink. Allardyce had hoped to hear from him last week, but now fears that he will not be joining them, even though the Hammers' offer is unlikely to be bettered elsewhere.
Newcastle United, Carroll's former club, remain interested, but will not pay anywhere near the valuation Liverpool have placed on the 24 year-old, even though it is nearly £20m less than he was sold for in January 2011.
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