Report: West Ham United look at Rubin Okotie as cheaper striker option this summer

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The Austrian international is battling from relegation in the German second tier.

West Ham United are likely to be in the market for a new striker in the summer. Their current options are certainly injury-prone and Emmanuel Emenike’s loan spell from Fenerbahce is not likely to be made permanent.

Several big names have been linked with West Ham – the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Lacazette, Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi have all been mentioned in recent weeks.

But could it be a less prolific option that West Ham bring in?

It is being reported by German daily Bild that West Ham are currently scouting Austrian international Rubin Okotie.

The report claims that West Ham are keen on bringing in the player when his contract with current club 1860 Munich expires.

The powerful Pakistani-born forward has scored eight goals for 1860 this season - which does not sound like a lot.

But he scored 16 for the club last season and in both terms 1860 have been battling relegation to the third-tier of German football, so he has carried the club in terms of goalscoring.

A report from My Heimat last month claimed that Newcastle United were also keen on the player, who has been one of the few shining lights in a difficult term at the Allianz Arena.

Newcastle were said to be keen along with CSKA Moscow, Mainz and Hamburg SV.

Now West Ham United can be added to that list of potential suitors.

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