The Hammers are at risk of dropping down the Premier League table due to a series of injuries to key players, and a report in the Telegraph has indicated that Slaven Bilic could make a fresh approach for Emmanuel Adebayor in January.
The East London side were hit earlier this month by the injury to Dimitri Payet which will keep him out until next year, and the report claims that Diafra Sakho is now also set to be out of action for an extended period of time.
There are no confirmations from the club yet, but the report indicates a potential two-month absence, which will be a real blow to West Ham’s top four chances.
With Andy Carroll the only fit out and out striker at the Boleyn Ground, with Enner Valencia also out of action, Bilic is considering either looking abroad to sign a player on loan in January, or make a new approach for Adebayor.
Adebayor was a summer target for the Hammers when he was still contracted to Tottenham Hotspur. Sky Sports reported on deadline day that he had held talks with Bilic about a loan switch to the Boleyn Ground, but no move could be finalised in time.
The Togolese forward remained with Spurs, before being released from his contract later in September, and is currently on the market as a free agent.
The report claims that Adebayor, 31, returned to London at the weekend to sort out his future, with his priority to remain in the capital. He has not been training with a club since his release from Spurs, but his proven goalscoring record in the Premier League would make him a wise short-term signing for Bilic.