Report: West Ham draw up 12-man shortlist as search for new striker intensifies

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West Ham are still looking to bring in a new striker this summer, with Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor one player linked.

According to the Standard, West Ham have drawn up a 12-man shortlist of new strikers as they look to solve their main squad issue before the transfer window closes.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Javier Hernandez are two of the players targeted by Slaven Bilic, with the former on the transfer list at roughly £5 million.

Spurs may also consider a loan deal, and that may appeal to the Hammers, who are looking to provide cover for Diafra Sakho due to the injuries to Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll.

Modibo Maiga is the only out and out striker aside from Sakho available, but he is far from the quality needed at Premier League level, and Slaven Bilic wants to bring in a new forward to fill the gap left by his absent stars.

Tottenham want to get Adebayor’s £100,000-per-week wages off the books, and would be looking for that entire amount to be paid if a loan deal is to be accepted.

Hernandez is another option that the East London club are pursuing, although they are only two of 12 targets that the Hammers have highlighted.

The report does not name the players that Bilic is looking at, but with just over two weeks left of the transfer window, he will have to move fast to secure his chosen target before the window slams shut.

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