Andy Carroll alternatives for West Ham

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Amid another injury crisis for West Ham forward Andy Carroll the club are looking to add some more cover in forward positions and a few great possibilities have emerged.

Carroll suffered an ankle injury during the Hammers preseason tour of New Zealand and it is now feared that the England international could be out for up to four months as he is set to undergo surgery.

Manager Sam Allardyce now, instead of sweating over the fitness of his front man, is looking to add more fire power to his squad and supplement the new striker’s he has already brought into the club this summer – Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia.

Possible alternatives

Samuel Eto’o (free agent)

The former Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter Milan striker has according to the Daily Mail been offered to West Ham and if signed he could provide some much needed experience to their attack.

Under Jose Mourinho last season Eto'o managed 12 goals in 35 appearances, with all of his strikes coming at Stamford Bridge – including a hat-trick against Manchester United.

The 33-year-old Cameroon international boasts an impressive goalscoring record at every club he has been, but it is questionable if the Hammers would be able to rely on a man that in my view is all about himself.

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Selfishness is a good trait for a striker but West Ham need one that is willing to put in a shift and create chances for himself and his teammates, not wait for them to fall into his lap like Eto’o was palpable to do last season.

Furthermore his ridiculous £100,000 a week wage demands are another reason as to why the Hammers should steer well clear.

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)

The out of favour Chelsea forward has been a star in the Premier League while on loan at both West Bromwich Albion and Everton over the past two years, and despite Jose Mourinho’s reluctance to play him at Chelsea he has proved he’s a brilliant striker that could thrive at any club.

He scored 17 goals in 35 appearances for the Baggies in the 2012/13 season and managed 15 in 31 while at Everton last term.

His ability to sniff out goals and bully defenders is incredible and he would be an excellent addition for West Ham.

However it is looking increasingly likely that the Belgium international is set to sign a permanent deal for Everton this summer, as claimed by their manager Roberto Martinez.

Joel Campbell (Arsenal)

The Costa Rica international lit up Brazil during the World Cup and stated his case for a place in Arsene Wenger’s side this season.

Although it is looking likely that the 22-year-old, who spent last season at Olympiacos, is set to be loaned out again with a host of clubs interested in acquiring his signature.

He scored eight goals in 35 appearances for the Greek outfit and impressed in the Champions League, scoring against Manchester United.

West Ham, Southampton, Everton and Newcastle are all said to be in the running to land the striker until January, when Wenger will reassess the situation.

With the Hammers primary targets likely to be loans or cheap buys, Campbell is a great option for Allardyce and you would expect that the striker is keen to get first team football in the English top flight to impress his manager.

Gary Hooper (Norwich)

It is understood that Hooper could well be on his way out of Carrow Road this summer and newly promoted QPR and West Ham are the front runners to sign him.

The 26-year-old didn’t have the greatest of seasons for Norwich last year but at his previous club Celtic he was emphatic, boasting a record of 82 goals in 138 appearances.

He has not shown that he is capable of replicating that form in the Premier League, though, but he is still a great goal-getter and would be a good addition to West Ham.

Hugo Almeida (free agent)

It is reported by the Daily Mail that the east London outfit have opened talks with Almeida over a proposed move to Upton Park.

The 30-year-old is a free agent but wants a ludicrous £2.5million a year in wages. The Portugal international has been on West Ham's radar in the past two transfer windows but Allardyce holds concerns over the player's fitness.

He played for Portugal at the World Cup and did not do much other than display an impressive moustache. However while at Besiktas for the past three years he has scored 37 goals in 88 appearances.

So perhaps he is not as useless as he has often appeared in a Portugal strip, but in my view he is not what West Ham need at this moment in time, or in fact any moment in time.

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