West Ham look to striker Nene

The 33-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving Qatar side Al-Gharafa in January and would help ease the injury concerns of Hammers manager Sam Allardyce following a long-term injury to club-record signing Andy Carroll.

West Ham confirmed on Friday that Carroll will miss the remainder of the season as he requires surgery on a knee ligament injury suffered in the 0-0 draw at Southampton last week.

Allardyce can call upon Carlton Cole and summer signings Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho in attack but co-chairman David Sullivan confirmed they were looking to sign an attacking player who is a free agent.

Nene fits that category and has a decent scoring record in Spain and France, where his 21 goals in 35 Ligue 1 games for PSG saw him finish joint-top goalscorer in 2011-12 along with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who played for Montpellier at the time.

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