Former Liverpool forward becomes West Ham United summer transfer target

Fenerbache striker Dirk Kuyt has been linked with a move to Upton Park.

The Hammers have suffered throughout the season with a lack of strikers - healthy ones at least, and rather embarrassingly re-signed striker Carlton Cole after originally releasing him following their struggles to recruit anyone last summer.

England international Andy Carroll’s injury at the beginning of the season hurt West Ham, and boss Sam Allardyce was under huge amounts of pressure as the Hammers entered 2014 deep in the relegation zone.

Fortunately for the East Londoners, Andy Carroll's return from injury coincided with a phenomenal Premier League run in February which helped push the side up to mid-table. In spite of this, Allardyce knows his side’s weakness, and a new striker is this summer’s number one priority.

According to the Turkish news outlet Fotospor, the West Ham boss has sounded out former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt as a target.

The Dutch international spent six years at Anfield, scoring 71 goals in 286 appearances for the club. Kuyt, despite not being a record-breaking goalscorer, became a fan favourite on Merseyside due to his attitude and commitment to the cause.

After a successful period in England, the 33-year-old joined Turkish giants Fenerbache for a reported €1m fee in 2012.

In just over 18 months, Kuyt has netted 17 league goals for the current Super Lig table-toppers, and it’s that sort of goalscoring form which will impress Big Sam.

His current contract in Turkey runs out in 2015, yet the Turkish press believe that West Ham United could buy him for less than what Fenerbache paid due to his age.

Would former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt be a good signing for West Ham?

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