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West Ham still in for Charlie Austin despite two transfer failures

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It’s been another busy summer for West Ham with the appointment of Slaven Bilic as manager, following Sam Allardyce’s departure.

The early start to the season due to Europa League qualification, on top of the fact that the team have already added five new faces to their team, as David Gold had promised before the transfer market opened, makes for a lot of work.

More strike power needed?

Bilic isn't resting on his laurels though, and has now turned his attention to adding more attacking options to the side, despite having Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate, plus the less popular Modibo Maiga and future prospect Elliot Lee.

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The primary target seems to be Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, who spent last year on loan at Real Madrid, where he bagged seven goals in 23 appearances.

However, Louis van Gaal recently stated that he intended to use Hernandez next season as one of three strikers (alongside Wayne Rooney and youngster James Wilson). West Ham also appear to be having no luck over Loic Remy, who Jose Mourinho claims will be fighting Diego Costa for the starting position at Chelsea.

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Silver lining

While there is bad luck on these fronts it may be a blessing in disguise for West Ham fans, as the club appears to be monitoring the situation of Charlie Austin, who has been at the centre of a lot of speculation following the relegation of his current club Queens Park Rangers.

The 18-goal striker is thought to have a £15million price tag, which many sides are unable or unwilling to pay. However, West Ham have just received £5m from Middlesbrough for attacking midfielder Stewart Downing and may put it towards a deal for Austin.

They also hold the option for a trade deal, with long-term QPR target Matt Jarvis a potential makeweight in the transfer.

Why choose West Ham?

A whole host of clubs have been hunting Austin, with Leicester City reportedly having a £10m deal rebuffed already. Despite this West Ham may have that extra appeal seeing as most of the other interested parties don’t have the prospect of European football next season.

Add to that the fact that they are another London club and will soon move into a new 55,000 seat stadium and it’s easy to see how West Ham could be confident about a deal for the 26-year-old.

Other deals

Naturally Bilic is not hanging all his hopes on Austin, with the Irons expected to bring in Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini on loan this week. As well as this West Ham will lodge a £6m bid for Everton winger Kevin Mirallas, who they regard as a high quality player.

West Ham fans, who do you want to see Bilic add to your squad this season? Let us know in the comments box below.

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