Did West Ham dodge a bullet by not signing this Serie A striker?

Forgotten Parma striker Ishak Belfodil has scored his first goal in 700 days but it's West Ham fans who will be most interested in the news.

The Algerian international, who has played for the likes of Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Bologna, got Serie A basement side Parma's equaliser to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw at Empoli on Sunday afternoon.

Astonishingly it was the 23-year-old's first goal in nearly two years, after he last scored in May 2013. The former French youth international, who pledged his allegiance to Algeria in 2012, has played just 42 games in that time without getting his name on the scoresheet.

One place his name has been appearing, though, is the football transfer rumour mill. Belfodil was heavily link with a move to the Premier League with West Ham in the summer by the likes of the Mirror and again in January by sources such as the Independent.

In fact Belfodil was even linked to the East Londoners earlier this month by FCInterNews despite his dismal scoring statistics, after admitting he would be leaving bankrupt Parma on a free transfer at the end of the season.

With record signing Andy Carroll out for the season, the Hammers have relied almost entirely on Diafra Sakho for goals.

But with the injured Senegalese likely to miss most of the last five games it has highlighted the lack of strength in depth on the West Ham bench, particularly in Sunday's limp 2-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Nonetheless, with just eight career goals to his name so far, West Ham fans will surely be hoping the club pursues higher quality targets in the summer to keep them entertained during the last season at the Boleyn ground.

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