West Ham target frustrates Allardyce as he bids for World Cup place

West Ham Upton Park

French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac looks set to turn down the option to move to the Hammers as he vows to fight for his national place at next summer's World Cup.

Twelve goals all season and a record which boasts just two wins in their last ten Premier League games tells you that West Ham need a striker and fast.

The Hammers currently sit in 15th place in the League and fans of Sam Allardyce’s side are becoming increasingly frustrated with what they see at Upton Park, sadly the news doesn’t look to be getting better as Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac looks as though he might stay put during the January transfer window.

The French striker has long been linked with a move to West Ham who are still without record-signing Andy Carroll, as he battles with injury and they see the 27 year-old as the perfect option to ease their goal shy start to the season.

According to L'Equipe, Gignac, who has represented his national side 17 times scoring four times, intends on staying at Marseille despite the suggested January interest and feel it will be the best possible way to guarantee his place in the France squad for next summer's World Cup.

Gignac found the net 18 times last season and his ability to hold the ball up as well as beating defenders means he may well be the ideal replacement for Carroll who the Hammers have missed notably in recent weeks, the Frenchman’s aerial ability has also been noted and should work in Allardyce’s system.

If any deal were to fall through early next month the London club will be hopeful he will reconsider his future next summer ahead of the 2014/15 season.

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