Former West Ham striker Teddy Sheringham urges old club to sign Charlie Austin and Javier Hernandez

Former West Ham United striker and coach Teddy Sheringham says his old club need Charlie Austin and thinks Javier Hernandez would flourish at Upton Park.

Boyhood Hammer Sheringham, who scored 28 goals in 76 games for the east Londoners, and was made the club's attacking coach under Sam Allardyce last season, has called for the Irons to sign Charlie Austin and Javier Hernandez in quotes for

When Big Sam departed, though, Sheringham had the management bug and was appointed the new boss of Stevenage.

His time at West Ham means he knows what Slaven Bilic's current strikers like Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have to offer.

Both Carroll and Valencia are out injured for the start of the new Premier League season leaving just Sakho as a reliable source of goals.

Bilic's side have been linked with a host of strikers this summer and that speculation has intensified since Valencia was sidelined for three months last week.

Hammers 'NEED' Austin powers

Now Sheringham has told he knows the answer to the Hammers' problem and says they need to push the boat out and sign Austin from Queens Park Rangers or Hernandez from Manchester United.

"Without a shadow (West Ham should go for Austin)," Sheringham told

"Yes, yes, yes. He got 18 goals for QPR last year and that’s not easy to do.

"That boy scores goals and I love his ways and the way he plays football. He would be a great signing.”

But the former Manchester United star also harbours hopes that Mexican striker Hernandez could make his way to the Boleyn Ground and feels the move would work well.

"I don’t know why he can’t hold down a regular place for whichever team he plays for," Sheringham said of Hernandez.

"He could work well alongside Diafra Sakho.”

Teddy's views carry some weight at West Ham

Sheringham's opinion counts for a lot given his recent background on West Ham's coaching staff.

Hammers fans were delighted to see him return to the club to try and improve their fortunes as an attacking force last season and it certainly seemed to work.

West Ham enjoyed their best ever start to a Premier League season and were fourth at the turn of the year.

But injuries took their toll and the goals dried up as a result with the ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall man powerless to turn the tide.

Now supporters will be desperately hoping his wise words are realised and the Hammers can bring in much-needed striking options before the window shuts at the end of the month.

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