World Cup goalscoring hero reveals he was blocked from joining West Ham

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Striker Vedad Ibisevic - who featured for Bosnia at this summer's World Cup - has told of how Stuttgart rejected a bid from West Ham for his services.

West Ham finished 13th last season, and with fans unhappy at Sam Allardyce's style of play, the Hammers board called for 'Big Sam' to introduce a more attractive brand of football at Upton Park. The former Bolton and Blackburn boss was then heavily backed in the transfer market, with Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Diego Poyet, Alex Song, Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia all brought in.

With three strikers - Zarate, Sakho and Valencia - snapped up this summer, it's clear that Allardyce wasn't happy with his attacking options. With Andy Carroll out injured indefinitely and Carlton Cole still fairly unreliable in front of goal, it appears that Allardyce was also looking to bring in Vedad Ibisevic from Stuttgart.

The 30-year-old striker made his name with Hoffenheim in Germany, hitting 54 goals in 135 games before securing a move to Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart in 2011. His goalscoring exploits have continued there, with 47 goals in just 95 appearances, and he made himself a hero at the World Cup this summer with a consolation goal in Bosnia's 2-1 defeat to Argentina at the Maracana.

It was Bosnia's first ever World Cup appearance since their independence from Yugoslavia in 1993, and Ibisevic will go down in history as their maiden goalscorer with a well taken finish against the Argentines. After the competition, Ibisevic was the subject of interest from West Ham and Turkish side Trabzonspor - managed by his compatriot Vahid Halihodzic - but Stuttgart refused to sell him. However, Ibisevic has admitted that he could still leave the club in the near future.

"I stayed, but you never know. If a good offer comes in, I may leave," said Ibisevic. "Vahid Halilhodzic and Trabzonspor contacted me and offered me great conditions. West Ham also wanted me, but Stuttgart did not want to sell this summer. The club has made some changes and the goal is a mid table position. I have bigger ambitions so that is why I say I may yet leave."

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