Should Allardyce bid to reunite with free agent Nicolas Anelka at West Ham?

Nicolas Anelka

West Ham may need another striker after Andy Carroll's latest injury setback.

West Ham United already have an injury crisis, and that's been worsened with the new setback for striker Andy Carroll.

The 26-year-old only made his return from a knee injury against Southampton on Wednesday, but suffered a re-occurrence of the problem with 20 minutes to play in the 0-0 draw.

Carroll is now expected to be out of action for the rest of the season, and will have surgery on medial knee ligament damage next week.

That leaves West Ham a little short of numbers up top. Mauro Zarate is out on loan at Queens Park Rangers, with Sam Allardyce now only having Carlton Cole, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia at his disposal.

Co-chairman David Sullivan has reportedly told Claret and Hugh that the club will now be looking at possible free agent additions - and one name stands out from the crowd.

Former Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is a free agent having left Indonesian side Persija Jakarta in January.

Anelka has history with Hammers boss Allardyce having worked with him at Bolton Wanderers, and even admitted his interest in bringing him to West Ham back in November 2012.

"It could interest me, of course it could," he said. "It would be of interest if that is a possibility financially and he wanted to come."

Now 35, Anelka obviously doesn't possesses the pace that made him so dangerous for Arsenal, but showed flashes of his talent during a spell with West Bromwich Albion last season.

Sakho and Valencia will almost certainly be West Ham's first choice strike partnership with Carroll sidelined, so adding experienced depth in Anelka on a short-term deal could be a smart move from Allardyce.

The free agent market is bare at this point, but in Anelka, there is a striker who has worked with Allardyce before - which should make him the most appealing option.

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