Report: Allardyce sees Italian as his striking saviour

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is desperate to snap up Genoa marksman Alberto Gilardino on loan, according to press reports in Italy.

Sam Allardyce is in dire need of some reinforcements at West Ham if he is to save his job and reports from Italy suggest he has singled out one man as the answer to his problems.

West Ham lost 3-1 to Newcastle on Saturday and dropped back into the bottom three of the Premier League, increasing the pressure on Allardyce.

The Hammers are short of attacking options and their manager has publicly stated that there is a lack of quality in the squad.

The East London outfit have good scouting networks in Italy and they have been linked to several Serie A stars in recent weeks.

Roma's Marco Borriello is believed to have ruled out Upton Park, a deal for Inter's Ishak Belfodil is up in the air and Fabio Quagliarella is reportedly headed for Lazio, while Chievo midfielder Cyril Thereau remains on the radar.

However, according to Tuttomercatoweb, it is Italian international and World Cup winner Alberto Gilardino who Allardyce is most excited by.

The former AC Milan and Fiorentina 31-year-old has scored goals wherever he has played and has an impressive eight for Genoa this term.

At the start of the season Gilardino admitted he wanted to leave Genoa, prompting fans to campaign for him to stay, but he hasn't been able to find a new employer who is willing to pay for him.

Tuttomercatoweb insists that West Ham would be looking for a loan deal until the end of the season with the option to make the move permanent in the summer.

It would seem unlikely that Genoa would be willing to consider such an agreement as Gilardino is a crucial figure for the mid-table outfit, but if the player is excited by the opportunity he may be able to have some influence.

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