Report: Ex-West Ham striker Demba Ba targeted for Bilic reunion, Alexandre Pato also considered

West Ham are reportedly looking to sign Demba Ba or Alexandre Pato.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United are considering moves to snap up either Alexandre Pato or Demba Ba to ease their striking problems.

The Hammers are likely to be in the market for a new striker this month, given that both Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are currently out injured.

On Monday, West Ham's co-chairman David Sullivan told Sky Sports that he could be on the verge of landing a new striker, claiming the player in mind would come from a 'strange league'.

"We are looking at a possibility of bringing in a striker on loan with the condition to buy in the next seven days,"said Sullivan. "If I told you [who it was], you wouldn't believe it. I can't tell you [what league they play in] then you'd know who it is."

"It's like when we signed [Manuel] Lanzini from -- I don't know what league he was in, but I call it Saudi Arabia, wherever he came from. We're signing him from a very strange league but he has played in higher leagues, but it may not happen, it's just a possibility," he added.

Hammers fans have been trying to guess the identity of the striker ever since Sullivan's revelation, but a new report could shed some light on who West Ham may be targeting.

The Daily Mail claim that West Ham are considering moves for two forwards; former Upton Park hero Demba Ba, and Brazilian ace Alexandre Pato.

Ba, 30, hit seven goals in just 13 games for West Ham after signing from Hoffenheim in January 2011, but his goals couldn't keep the club in the Premier League, as they suffered relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2010/11 season.

Ba's career has since seen him turn out for Newcastle United, Chelsea, Besiktas - under current Hammers boss Slaven Bilic - and now Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

A return to Upton Park would surely be appealing to fans having impressed so much in his first spell, but he isn't the only striker under consideration.

It's also stated that Brazilian Alexandre Pato, once tipped as a star of the future during spells with Internacional and AC Milan, is a target for the Hammers too.

With 38 goals in 95 games for Sao Paulo, Pato has got his career back on track, and the 26-year-old may now seek a move to England, with West Ham viewing him as an option to solve their attacking problems.

Who would be the better signing - Ba or Pato?

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