Nantes’ Filip Djordjevic could end West Ham’s striker woes

Sam Allardyce

The Serbian forward is in fine form and open to a move away from Ligue 1

The current first-team selection headaches faced by West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce could be alleviated with a trip across the channel to watch Nantes striker Filip Djordjevic, who is rumoured to be keen on a move to the Premier League.

Allardyce is continuing to face something of a dilemma at Upton Park with first choice front man Andy Carroll currently absent through injury while the cover of Mladen Petric and Carlton Cole only offers a short-term solution to the club’s ongoing frontline concerns.

Djordjevic, meanwhile, is beginning to attract interest from Premier League parties, with Champions League chasing Everton already rumoured to be scouting the forward with a view to making a move in January.

The 26-year-old has been in blistering form for the Ligue 1 surprise package, bagging six goals in 11 appearances for the club affectionately known as the Canaries.

Given his current goalscoring record and the rumours of Premier League interest though, this could be one bird to fly the Nantes nest very soon.

And while Everton boast a variety of options in the attacking third via Romelu Lukaku, Nikica Jelavic and Arouna Kone, a transfer to West Ham could offer the Serbian the opportunity to enjoy regular first team football in the English top flight.

The allure of living and working in London could also prove too tempting to resist for Djordjevic, making Allardyce’s job of recruiting the player that bit easier.

He is no stranger to taking gambles on players from abroad, having previously brought Nicolas Anelka back into the Premier League fold from Fenerbahce while manager of Bolton, while Razvan Rat arrived at Upton Park from the Ukrainian top flight last summer.

Given Nantes small-time status, it shouldn’t take too much to prise the player away from France but with Everton likely to be joined in the pursuit of the forward, the time to act could well be now.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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