235 goals in 521 games striker linked with West Ham - Could Big Sam revive him?

Diego Milito

Sam Allardyce has turned the odd career or two around in the past ... can he do it with Diego Milito of Inter Milan?

West Ham United are in the relegation scrap. Make no doubt about it but come the end of the season The Hammers fans are going to be very pleased if they remain in the topflight after what has been a difficult campaign.

The injury to Andy Carroll has rendered them impotent recently - with Modibo Maiga, Mladen Petric and Carlton Cole all bereft of goals. Even auxiliary striker Kevin Nolan has gone off the boil now - leaving Sam Allardyce wondering if another striker needs to arrive in January.

Carroll is back in training, and looking like making a return perhaps before 2014 so they could suck it and see.

But today Allardyce has been linked with one more option - Diego Milito.

Why sign him?

Many will say easy, look at his record. 235 goals in 521 games in his club career … that is quite sensational.

But this is not the Milito of 2009-10. The Milito that conquered Europe for Jose Mourinho, this is an injury prone 34-year-old Milito lacking in first-team football - washed up, a has-been, a wreck.

But when it comes to footballing wrecks one man is the best at their restoration. That man is Big Sam.

Jay-Jay Okocha once cost Paris Saint-Germain an obscene amount of money in 1998 - but four years later he was regarded a flop and allowed to leave for nothing. Bolton snapped him up and he remains a cult hero.

Youri DJorkaeff’s career was on the downward run with Kaiserslautern in Germany - Big Sam plucked him away and turned him back into a star.

Nicolas Anelka, Ivan Campo, Stelios Giannakopolous, El-Hadji Diouf, Kevin Davies, Gary Speed … all players others had given up on that Sam made shine bright once again.

Sure there were some duds. Hidetoshi Nakata anyone?

But if anyone can get Milito back out there playing and scoring regularly it is Big Sam.

It might just be worth a roll of the dice.

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