Upton Park side chase Stadium of Light youngster.
Having seen big money signing Andy Carroll suffer yet another injury set-back Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is readying a move to bring in young Sunderland forward Connor Wickham according to TuttoMercato.
It would certainly be fair to say that former Newcastle United and Liverpool man Carroll has struggled for form since his £17m move to East London, netting just twice last term, and now the 26 year old England international looks set to miss the first four months of 2014/15 with an ankle injury and as such Allardyce hopes to lure Wickham to Upton Park.
21 year old forward Wickham had himself been struggling for form at the Stadium of Light and spent time out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United last term before returning to Sunderland with a bang.
The England Under 21 international racked up five goals in the final six games of last term to help Gus Poyet’s side secure a great escape with the Black Cats having seen like shoe-ins for relegation to the Championship.
Poyet will be loathed to lose Wickham and it may well take a big fee to persuade Sunderland to sell the former Ipswich Town man.
West Ham have already spent big this summer with Allardyce bringing in a number of high-profile additions including World Cup star Enner Valencia, Argentine Mauro Zarate and Senegalese centre-back Cheikhou Kouyaté.