Hammers make bid for Serie A man as striker hunt goes on - report

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West Ham’s hunt for a new striker is still going.

The Hammers haven’t been able to sign a replacement for Sebastien Haller yet this month and are subsequently left with only Michail Antonio as their out-and-out forward option.

Haller’s exit has left a huge hole in the squad and one feels the Irons need to recruit a new forward to boost their chances of qualifying for Europe.

David Moyes’ men are seventh in the Premier League table, just two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who will play Burnley on Thursday evening.

One has to feel that the Hammers cannot rely on Antonio for the remainder of the season; he is 30 and has plenty of history of hamstring injuries.

And it seems the club are making moves to that end.

Sport Witness carries a report from Sky Italia claiming that the club have made an offer for a new forward.

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Cagliari striker Giovanni Simeone has emerged as the target, having scored five goals in 16 games in Serie A this season.

A six-time Argentina international, Simeone was the subject of an initial loan offer, worth €1m (£885,000) and the Irons would have been obligated to purchase him in the summer.

Cagliari are not convinced by the offer and are not set to accept the bid; it seems the Hammers will have to up their bid to bring him in.

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Simeone remains a key member of the Cagliari squad.

He has made 12 starts in the league this season and is the club’s first-choice striker.

A loan offer for a small fee was never likely to be enough to bring him in.

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One has to question, too, whether Simeone would actually provide any real quality.

He has not scored in Serie A since October and is currently on a run of 10 league appearances without a goal.

The Hammers could and should look elsewhere.

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