West Ham have eyes on former Sunderland man & Everton front-man

West Ham United's striker search has led them to pursue interest in former Sunderland and Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan, as well as Nikica Jelavic.

Sam Allardyce's search for a striker has led him to former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, whilst the club retains a long-term interest in Croatian forward Nikica Jelavic.

The Irons remain hopeful of agreeing a loan deal for the services of Asamoah Gyan, who is currently contracted to Al-Ain, who play in the United Arab Emirates.

Gyan scored eleven times in his first thirty-three appearances for the club, before a fall-out with then-boss Steve Bruce. He has scored fifty-five times in fifty games since joining Al-Ain, initially on loan, in September 2011.

At 28, Gyan is still a prominent figure in the national set-up for Ghana, and could be tempted back to the Premier League with a loan spell.

Another player attracting the attention of the Hammers is Nikica Jelavic, who West Ham were keen on bringing to Upton Park in the 2011/12 season, but Jelavic opted to sign for Everton instead.

Despite a blistering start to life at Everton, Jelavic has since gone off the boil, and would be allowed to depart the club by manager Roberto Martinez, according to reports.

Jelavic scored eleven goals in his first sixteen games for the Merseyside club, but has since scored just eight times in fifty-two appearances.

Allardyce, though, remains undeterred, and is preparing a January move for the Croatian front-man, who he considers to be ideal for his system.

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