Hammers losing striker battles

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West Ham's attempts to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season appear to have stumbled.

The Hammers, who will officially unveil new manager Avram Grant before the world's media at Upton Park on Thursday, have admitted defeat in their attempts to sign Germany's World Cup striking star Miroslav Klose.

"We had a deal in place before the World Cup, after he had a bad season in Germany. However, as a result of what he has done at the World Cup, it's unlikely to happen," chairman David Sullivan told Soccernet.

The East London club's hopes of landing for Portsmouth loanee Frederic Piquionne from French club Lyon also hang in the balance.

Piquionne enjoyed a successful loan period with Portsmouth under Grant last season.

Newly promoted West Brom have since shown an interest in signing the striker but it is understood the player would rather team-up with Grant again at Upton Park.

A £1 million deal to land Piquionne appeared to have been a completed on Tuesday but the move was thwarted by differing views within Lyon.

It is understood club president Jean-Michel Aulas is happy to cash-in on the striker but coach Claude Puel wants to hang on Piquionne, who helped Portsmouth reach the FA Cup final last season.

The Hammers have also played down suggestions that former Birmingham and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, now with Real Zaragoza in Spain, might be bound for Upton Park.

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