Could West Ham lure Inter Milan striker in January amid unrest at San Siro, not Icardi

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic speaks with  Simone Zaza

West Ham United have been linked with Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi but could Slaven Bilic move for his teammate to replace Simone Zaza this January.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic speaks with  Simone ZazaWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic speaks with flop Simone Zaza

The Hammers are sat 17th in the Premier League table, just one point above the bottom three after a torrid start to Bilic's second season in charge.

The East Londoners have won just four of their opening 11 games and were unceremoniously dumped out of the Europa League qualifying by Romanian minnows Astra for the second season running.

Things don't look like getting better any time soon going by the form book with a hellish fixture list on the horizon for the next month.

But perhaps the most damning statistic is the fact not one of the club's strikers has scored a single goal this season, 17 competitive games in.

West Ham United's Simone Zaza looks dejectedZaza looks dejected

The biggest disappointment has been Italian flop Simone Zaza on loan from Juventus.

Incredibly the striker would trigger an obligation to buy clause for an eye watering £25 million should he play 14 games - he is currently goalless after seven appearances.

West Ham will not let that happen, though, with Bilic electing not to use the striker in recent matches and reports are linking Zaza with a return to his homeland with the likes of AC Milan and Napoli.

Mauro Icardi at InterInter's Mauro Icardi

The Hammers were linked with Argentine striker Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan in the summer.

Reports circulated recently in the likes of the Daily Star that the move could be back on after he fell out with the club's fanatical ultra supporters.

But improved form and a run of goals are going some way to healing the Inter captain's relationship with the terraces.

One Inter striker whose future is less certain, though, is Stefan Jovetic.

-  Inter Milan's Stevan Jovetic reacts after missing a goal opportunityJovetic reacts after missing a chance for Inter

The 27-year-old former Manchester City man has failed to impress at Inter since signing last year and his future is up in the air after a lack of game time.

There is unrest at the club after a poor start to the season which sees them down in ninth place, already 13 points off leaders Juve.

A change of ownership and manager has only intensified speculation over Jovetic's future with the club reportedly looking to revamp their squad.

Sheffield Wednesday's Chris Kirkland and Manchester City's Stevan JoveticJovetic in action during his time at Manchester City

Should Bilic move for the Montenegrin he would at least be getting someone who knows the Premier League.

Jovetic scored eight goals in 28 games for City in an injury ravaged spell but given West Ham's striker woes could represent a realistic and quality addition in the January window.

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