West Ham Target Experienced Italian International Striker

Upton Park side want Genoa forward.

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West Ham are said to have set sights on Genoa forward Alberto Gilardino according to the Daily Express.

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Hammers boss Sam Allardyce urgently needs to bring in a strong striking addition, despite the return from injury of England man Andy Carroll, and a move for 31 year old Gilardino may be a sensible one to consider.

Genoa want £5m for the former AC Milan man though the East London side would like to initially bring in the Italian international on a loan deal until the end of the current campaign.

Cultured forward Gilardino has scored goals wherever he has played, managing 44 goals during three seasons at the San Siro which he followed up by netting 59 times in three and a half seasons at Fiorentina.

Last term Gilardino spent at Bologna where he scored 13 goals that led to a recall to Genoa and his eight goals this term have helped his push for a spot in Cesare Prandelli’s 2014 World Cup squad.

Gilardino has scored 19 goals in 57 appearances for the Italian national team and could perhaps be open to a fresh challenge in the Premier League.

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