Report: West Ham pursue Charlie Austin and Fabio Borini, both deemed overpriced

Fabio Borini

West Ham are reportedly interested in Charlie Austin and Fabio Borini - but are concerned by their valuations.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham want to sign another forward this summer - but believe Charlie Austin and Fabio Borini are overpriced.

The Hammers have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs so far this summer, not only bringing in new manager Slaven Bilic, but also Darren Randolph, Carl Jenkinson, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang and Dimitri Payet in what has been a superb period at Upton Park.

However, new boss Bilic may still want more additions to his squad this summer, with a new striker potentially on the wish list given Andy Carroll's seemingly never-ending injury problems.

The Daily Mail suggest that West Ham have been looking for a new striker, but have been put off moves for Charlie Austin and Fabio Borini.

Austin, 26, smashed 18 goals for QPR last season, but having suffered relegation to the Championship, the striker is bound to want a return to the top flight.

Meanwhile, Liverpool outcast Borini is likely to leave Anfield this summer in pursuit of first team football - but the valuations from the two clubs have led to West Ham considering other options as they look to snap up a striker this summer.

Austin or Borini?

If the Hammers were to meet the asking price of Austin or Borini, which one would be the better option for Bilic ahead of the new Premier League season?

Borini hasn't set the world alight since his move to Liverpool in 2012, struggling to find the net for the Reds. The Italian does have some quality, as he showed during his time on loan at Sunderland, but Hammers fans would be far from enthusiastic if Borini were to join.

Austin on the other hand, proved his worth at QPR last season, and would be a regular goalscorer for West Ham. The fee may be an issue, but West Ham could try to offer players in part-exchange to lower that price tag in a move which would please West Ham fans.

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