Gilardino is an Italy international (©GettyImages)
Gilardino is an Italy international (©GettyImages).

West Ham interested in Genoa star

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West Ham are looking at Italian forward Alberto Gilardino in a bid to solve their striker crisis, say reports in Italy, according to talkSPORT.

Hammers' boss Sam Allardyce is known to be in the market for a striker, with Andy Carroll only just returning to fitness and Modibo Maiga out of favour at Upton Park.

Carlton Cole has signed on for a further 18-months, after his contract expired earlier this month.

But Allardyce is now said to be looking to Italy in an attempt to find a regular goalscorer who can save his side from dropping out of the Premier League this season.

'Big' Sam tried to get Alberto Gilardino on loan last summer, but the deal never materialised. Now it seems he has renewed his interest in the veteran striker, according to

The 31-year-old rejected a move to Toronto FC last week, but the Hammers have not given up hope of landing the hitman. The Italy international has netted eight times in Serie A this term for Genoa and hopes to be a part of Cesare Prandelli's World Cup plans this summer.

West Ham sit in 17th place in the Premier League, but with the competition so close at the bottom they are far from safety. Adding fire power up front has been earmarked as essential by management at the Boleyn ground, as they look to avoid relegation.

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