Five possible January targets for West Ham United

A look at which players Sam Allardyce can bring in to help the club stay in the Premier League.

It's of crucial importance to West Ham's owners that the club is still in the top flight when it moves to the Olympic Stadium. At this moment in time, there's no guarantee it will happen.

The Hammers are one point off of the relegation zone and struggling for goals with £15 million summer signing Andy Carroll still out injured.

To stay in the division, David Gold and David Sullivan may have to push the boat out in January and spend. Here are five players who could turn up at Upton Park in the new year.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) - Surely it won't be long before the striker is in the Premier League where he belongs. The stumbling block is the asking price which would be more than the £8 million that Blackburn paid, but if Carroll struggles to get fit then they may need another goalscorer to keep them up.

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Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) - With Winston Reid out for around ten weeks, then a loan move for the Belgian would be a good idea. Boyata looks surplus to requirements in Manchester and needs first-team football so a stay in London could help his career get back on track.

Ross McCormack (Leeds) - A cheaper alternative to Rhodes but can still score goals and deserves a move to the top flight. May want to stay with Leeds and help them in their quest for promotion but the opportunity may be too good to turn down.

Wes Morgan (Leicester) - If they're looking for a permanent defender rather than a loan signing then this centre-half would fit the bill. He's a key part of the promotion chasing Foxes defence but could slot in nicely alongside James Tomkins and Reid when he returns from injury.

Shane Long (West Brom) - Hull almost signed the striker on deadline day for £6.5 million so a bid of around that in January would probably see him leave the Hawthorns. Could Allardyce make a move for him?

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