Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate will shine for West Ham

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West Ham’s new reinforcements Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia could fill the void left by Andy Carroll for the next four months, despite the club desperate to bring in another striker for cover.

With Carroll likely to be sidelined until 2015 with an ankle injury, the Hammers are scouring the world for further potential forward recruits.

However the two exciting prospects manager Sam Allardyce has already brought into the club this summer could prove to be enough to fire the Hammers up the Premier League table if they hit the ground running.

Mauro Zarate

The 27-year-old has joined the east London outfit on an initial three year contract and he was one of the most prolific scorers playing in his home country Argentina last term. He has scored 19 goals in 29 appearances for Velez Sarsfield, including 13 in 2014 alone.

Prior to his move back to Argentina the pacey forward had plenty of experience in Europe with both Lazio and Inter Milan in the Serie A, as well as a short stint for Birmingham City in 2008.

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While with Inter the striker played in seven Champions League matches and managed to grab a goal and an assist.

It is understood the player is keen to participate in European competitions with West Ham and his ambitious and confident nature could propel the club in with a shout.

He already has a goal for the club in preseason, curling in a fine effort during their 2-1 loss to Wellington Phoenix on their tour of New Zealand.

Enner Valencia

The Ecuador international has finally been granted a work permit to complete his move to the Hammers on a five year contract.

Valencia starred at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, netting three goals in three appearances and he looked a deadly finisher when given the opportunity.

The 24-year-old scored an impressive 18 goals in 23 appearances for his last club, Pachucha, playing in the Mexican league and his tenacity and ability to sniff out goals could be invaluable at Upton Park.

Strike partnership 

West Ham severely lacked goals last season, scoring only 40 in 38 Premier League matches, however Zarate’s vision and Valencia's finishing ability is sure to give the Hammers something different this campaign.

If they are played alongside each other they could form quite a potent strike force. The Argentine is quick, creative and could feed the poacher that is Valencia.

Although it is unlikely Big Sam would play two up top, if he wants West Ham to entertain this season perhaps it is something that he should test out.

It would instantly give them more of an attacking edge and perhaps dissuade the players from simply pumping it long, as one of the two – most likely Zarate – could drop off and link the play.

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