West Ham said interested in Brazilian striker

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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce is said to have shown an interest in signing Valencia’s Brazilian striker Jonas.

Allardyce has spoken of his frustration at his side’s lack of attacking options and went back and re-signed Carlton Cole for added cover earlier this season.

With Andy Carroll out injured, West Ham have struggled up front, and a total of just 13 Premier League goals in 16 matches has left the Hammers perilously close to the relegation zone.

January, therefore, can’t come quick enough for the 17th placed Londoners. And the name that has been linked with a move to The Boleyn Ground is Valencia’s leading scorer, Jonas.

Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira Felisbino, 29, also known as Jonas, started his career for Brazilian side Guarani. He went on to play for some of Brazil’s leading clubs, including Santos, Gremio and Portuguesa. It wasn’t until 2011 that Jonas finally made the switch to Europe, with Valencia taking advantage of his low release clause and confirming his signature for a bargain £1m.

The Valencia striker went on to be a hit at the Mestalla, scoring more than 30 La Liga goals since January 2011. Amongst those goals was an eight minute hat trick as Valencia comfortably beat 10 man Osasuna two weeks ago.

The 6-capped Brazilian has been in the form of his life this season, scoring eight goals in 13 appearances so Sam Allardyce’s reported interest surely isn't a surprise. Although it’s hard to believe that Jonas would be willing to leave Valencia, who have recently been drawn against Dynamo Kyiv in the next phase of the Europa League and are currently midtable in La Liga, but crippling debts have forced the Blanquinegro’s hand, and they have recently acknowldged that they would be willing to listen to offers for key players, including Jonas, Guaita and Banega.

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