The bizarre West Ham trend that their signing of Nene has continued

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West Ham United have regularly signed strikers on short-term deals in recent times.

West Ham United have kept up a bizarre penchant for signing strikers on short-term deals in recent years by bringing in Nene.

Nene was announced as a Hammers player yesterday and it is a deal which appears to highlight a lack of foresight the club have shown in the January transfer window.

West Ham allowed Mauro Zarate to join Queens Park Rangers on loan and, as a result, left themselves short of cover in offensive positions. 

With Andy Carroll ruled out with injury until the end of the season, the Hammers had just Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Carlton Cole as their recognised forwards and Sam Allardyce clearly wanted to add more depth to his squad. 

Nene was the man he felt could upgrade their forward line but his transfer has an eerily similar feeling to a number of his predecessors. 

The 33-year-old is reaching the twilight of his career and there are doubts over whether he has the same level of ability as he did in his younger years. 

West Ham are no strangers to bringing in an ageing or unproven striker to try and enhance their goalscoring hopes, though, and they will be hoping that Nene has more success than their past few additions of a similar ilk.

In recent years West Ham have brought in Wellington Paulista, Marouane Chamakh, Mido, Robbie Keane, Mladen Petric and Benni McCarthy to try and help them rediscover their goalscoring touch - but they all struggled to make an impact.

As a combined total, the six aforementioned strikers made 35 appearances for the Hammers, scoring just twice, and Nene will be determined to make a better impression than any of his predecessors.

Although he is likely to go into the team as back-up, Nene may well receive some game time between now and the end of the season and Allardyce will be hoping that his arrival can help inspire the squad back to their best, after a recent slump in form.

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