The high-profile free agent who could solve West Ham's striking problem

West Ham Upton Park

West Ham United should make a move for Italian international Antonio Cassano.

West Ham United could solve the problem that Andy Carroll's injury has created by signing Antonio Cassano. 

Carroll has been ruled out with an injury which the Daily Mail predicts will keep him out for the rest of the season and that is a major worry for the Hammers.

The London outfit have limited options up front due to Carroll's absence and Sam Allardyce will now be relying on Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Carlton Cole to maintain fitness and form until the end of the season. 

Their dearth of candidates to fill the striking spots is certainly a blow, but they could fill the void in their squad by signing Cassano.

West Ham took a risk by not signing a striker in January, despite Carroll's troublesome injury record, and it has not paid dividends.

It means they are now restricted as to who they can bring in, but Cassano looks the most intriguing free agent on the market.

The Italian's quality is undeniable and he would bring a great amount of experience and class to the Boleyn Ground.

Although he has reached the age of 32, Cassano is still a talent and his quality could be key as West Ham look to halt their slide down the table. 

A capable creator and finisher, Cassano has represented the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan throughout his career and his addition would be a statement of the Hammers' ambition.

Although West Ham would likely only see him as a short-term addition, the fact that he is available on a free means that he would not be a particularly expensive recruit and he could provide them with the fresh spark needed to ensure that they maintain their push for a European spot until the end of the campaign. 

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