Report: West Ham targeting Espanyol's Felipe Caicedo to solve striking problems

Swansea and West Ham are reportedly pursuing Ecuador international Felipe Caicedo.

According to The Mirror, West Ham United are considering a move to sign Espanyol striker Felipe Caicedo - but Swansea City are interested too.

The Hammers have seen strikers Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho go down with injuries, leaving manager Slaven Bilic with few options to lead the line.

A host of forwards are being linked with moves to Upton Park ahead of transfer deadline day in just over a week's time, and a new name has been thrown into the mix.

The Mirror report that the Hammers are interested in signing Espanyol striker Felipe Caicedo, though they could face competition from Premier League rivals Swansea City.

Caicedo, 27, may be familiar to some Premier League fans having spent three-and-a-half years at Manchester City, though he scored only seven goals in 34 games for them before leaving for Lokomotiv Moscow, following loan spells at Sporting Lisbon, Malaga and Levante.

Now in Spain with Espanyol, the powerful centre forward has hit 19 goals in 60 appearances for the La Liga side, but may fancy his chances of another shot in the Premier League.

An international team-mate of West Ham star Enner Valencia, the Ecuadorian allegedly has a £7.7m release clause in his contract, and is being offered to Premier League teams - with the Hammers reportedly considering a move to sign Caicedo and solve their striking problems.

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