Five Zapata alternatives for West Ham

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Having seen a move for Duvan Zapata break down due to problems regarding a work permit, West Ham United will have to look elsewhere to bolster their strike force this summer.

Here are five candidates to partner Andy Carroll next season...

Silvestre Varela

The Portugal international is reportedly available for around £6.5million, and has scored 25 goals in 90 appearances for Porto since 2009. Varela can play either on the wings or as a central striker, and has recently urged West Ham to follow up their reported interest in him.

Matej Vydra

The Udinese striker enjoyed a fantastic season on loan at Watford last season, scoring 20 times to be chosen as the Championship Player of the Year. Vydra is ready for a step up to the top flight, and the Serie A side apparently value him at around £8million, with West Brom also in the hunt for the 21-year-old.

Loic Remy

QPR are hopeful they will be able to keep the France international at the club, but they are also realistic that a Premier League club might swoop for the 26-year-old. Remy could be available for around the £8million QPR paid for him in January, and impressed in his short spell in the Premier League last season, scoring six times in 14 games.

Demba Ba

The Senegalese striker has said he would like to stay at Chelsea and fight for a place regardless of whether Jose Mourinho is successful in his pursuit of Wayne Rooney, but that decision might be taken out of his hands if the Blues are keen to move Ba on this summer. Ba scored seven times in 12 games for West Ham in the 2010-11 season, and has proven with Newcastle United since that when he plays regularly, he can be relied on to find the back of the net.

Fabio Quagliarella

The 30-year-old Juventus striker is reportedly available this summer after the Serie A champions signed Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez, and West Ham one of a host of English clubs interested in Quagliarella. Norwich City apparently had a bid of around £8million rejected recently, suggesting Quagliarella would not be the cheapest option on this list, but his experience and quality could be perfect for West Ham next season.

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