Steve McClaren has joined Liverpool and West Ham in the race to sign Twente striker Bryan Ruiz, according to reports.
McClaren’s Wolfsburg side look likely to lose star striker Edin Dzeko as Manchester City prepare a massive £30 million bid for the Bosnian.
In the event of Dzeko leaving, the former England manager will recommend the Bundesliga side go for Ruiz, who McClaren worked with at Twente last season.
The Costa Rican has scored 27 goals in 43 games for the Dutch champions since joining at the start of last season and would relish the chance to test himself in a better league.
Liverpool were linked with him during the summer when it was rumoured Fernando Torres would leave but now it seems manager Roy Hodgson feels the pair would work well together.
West Ham, meanwhile, will give manager Avram Grant money to spend in January and a goalscorer is high on the agenda at the Boleyn Ground.
The Upton Park club are currently rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League and in desperate need of someone who knows where the back of the net is.
With a cheap deal for Steve Sidwell almost wrapped up, West Ham will may decide to spend big on a striker but the asking price of £11 million could be too steep for all three clubs.
Liverpool’s new owners are willing to back Hodgson in the trabsfer market but would prefer he spend seven-figure sums rather than eight.
Meanwhile, despite a possible windfall from the sale of Dzeko, Wolfsburg are also reluctant to spend big on a replacement.
However, McClaren still retains some hope of keeping Dzeko, who has reportedly wanted to leave since the start of the season.
“We are hopeful that Edin remains. He is a world class striker. But we are in the football business, and there is nothing 100 percent sure. We'll see what happens,” he said.
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