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West Ham: Three potential transfer targets

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It's fair to say that West Ham haven't had such a stellar season as of yet, despite the club being in the semi-finals of the League Cup this year.

It would appear that they are going through an injury-stricken campaign with a dash of the old 'second season syndrome'.

They need to change things at Upton Park or they might just find themselves back in the Championship again.

Here are three players that could be West Ham's saviours.

With Big Sam bagging Roger Johnson on loan from League One Wolves earlier in the week, it would seem he is trying to clog the leaky Hammers' defence quickly.

I wouldn't be too surprised if he signed another defender in the transfer window in case any more injuries crop up in the squad.

Rennes' defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik has been a sturdy outfit at his club for some years now and could be open to a change of scenery. The two-time capped Cameroonian international stands at 6ft tall and at just 24 years of age, meaning he could be costly in West Ham's future even after this season.

I feel that West Ham have a rather sturdy midfield with figures like powerful Mohammed Diame, speedy Matt Jarvis and the goal getting Kevin Nolan.

So I'd see it sensible that they sign two worthy strikers, allowing Allerdyce the option of playing two up front if chasing a game or has a back up in case the injury crisis strikes another striker.

Lacina Traore has been heavily linked with a loan move from his very recently new club Monaco. The Ivory Coast international, who has a healthy record of 4 goals in 7 appearances for the African giants, stands at 6ft 8in giving Andy Carroll a person to finally look up to...literally.

Talks of a loan have been confirmed but it is uncertain whether Monaco will want their new star scoring goals for a team other than themselves this season, especially as things are tight at the top of Ligue 1. If the transfer does go through, it would certainly add some extra bite to a feeble Hammers attack.

Moving away from the french leagues now, even though reports indicate interest in Marseille hit-man Andre-Pierre Gignac, there have been rumours of a potential move for Besiktas' towering forward Hugo Almeida.

The European journeyman has been at a whole host of different clubs, from Portugal, Germany and now Turkey, so there is every possibility of him testing his worth at an English club.

It's known that the Portuguese powerhouse has been on the radar of West Hams for awhile now and with his contract coming to an end soon they could get him on the cheap. If you don't quite know what this striker's capable of, then search for his 35-yard free-kick at the San Siro during the Champions League season of 2005. You will not be disappointed by any means.


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