West Ham Switch Striking Focus to Controversial West Brom Forward

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West Ham United will turn their attentions towards West Bromwich Albion front man Peter Odemwingie after missing out on Lille forward Salomon Kalou, says The Times.

Hammers head coach Sam Allardyce is currently on the look-out for a new forward to partner recent club-record £16 million purchase Andy Carroll up front at Upton Park next season.

However, the east London club had been hoping that man would be the former Chelsea attacker Kalou, who currently plays for Lille in Ligue 1, only for the Ivory Coast international to turn down the chance to move to the capital this summer after Allardyce could not guarantee that the player would be utilised in his favoured central striking role at the club.

As a result, Allardyce has now decided to switch his focus towards unwanted Baggies marksman Odemwingie, who has been told by West Brom boss Steve Clarke that he no longer has a future at the Hawthorns after his controversial attempts to force through a move to Queens Park Rangers during the January transfer window.

And West Ham feel that the experienced 31-year-old, who has netted 31 goals in total in 89 matches overall in the Midlands, would dovetail well with giant striker Carroll next season.

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