West Ham eye new striker in January with Chelsea hitman among transfer targets

West Ham are hunting a new striker in the January transfer window.

The Irons want to beef up their firepower and would be prepared to listen to offers for winger Andriy Yarmalenko, among others, to raise desperately-needed cash.

Chelsea marksman Olivier Giroud is a player in whom the Hammers have a long-standing interest.

Frank Lampard has been loath to allow him to leave but the 34-year-old has made clear that he could leave in January for regular first-team action to make the France squad for next summer’s European Championships.

West Ham have been considering their options up front even before another under-whelming display, from £45million striker Sebastien Haller in Monday night’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The club are determined to ensure David Moyes’ good work coping with a tough run of fixtures, is not wasted.

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With Michail Antonio injured, the Frenchman has had a run of games to make his case to remain in the starting line-up for the second half of the season.

Haller, however, has scored just twice in 11 games with fans fearing the ex-Eintracht Frankfurt striker – who netted 20 times in his final season in the Bundesliga – does not have the physicality to cope in English football.

West Ham United boss David Moyes
Moyes wants more in attack

Antonio, 30, has been a huge hit up front since being converted from a winger to a striker by David Moyes.

He scored three times in six appearances earlier in the season – including goals against Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City.

But his campaign has been halted abruptly by a hamstring injury picked up in the City draw on October 24.

Antonio has started just one game since then, in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on November 30.

But that appearance, his only one in the club’s last eight, was cut short at half time with a recurrence of his injury.

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