West Ham should reignite interest in African striker, Zaza swap could suit all parties

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic could reignite interest in Watford striker and should use flop Simone Zaza as part of a swap to rescue West Ham United's torrid season.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers look set for a busy January after a torrid second season so far under Slaven Bilic.

The East Londoners sit 17th in the Premier League, just one point and place off the relegation zone a third of the way into the season.

Injuries have hindered Bilic's side this season but a terrible summer of transfer activity is just as culpable as West Ham's first season at their new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium home has turned into something of a farce.

West Ham have the second worst defensive record in the Premier League with only Hull conceding more.

They have squandered more points from winning positions than any other side and would be sitting sixth if they could hold onto leads.

But not one of the club's strikers has scored a single goal this season 18 competitive games in and Bilic will surely be going all out to bolster his firepower in January.

Watford's Odion Ighalo reacts after missing a chance to scoreWatford's Odion Ighalo

Bilic was recently linked with Hornets striker Troy Deeney but in actual fact a move for one of his rumoured summer targets looks more likely in the shape of Odion Ighalo.

The Nigerian was one of the hottest properties in Europe last season as a result of his goals for the Vicarage Road side.

His form, like that of the team, tapered off somewhat but he still ended the season with 17 goals in all competitions.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri before the matchWatford manager Walter Mazzarri

He is struggling for game time under Walter Mazzarri playing just five times this season. And speculation over his future was fueled this week when Mazzarri told Ighalo he must accept his new role on the bench, as reported by ESPN.

Ighalo is exactly the type of striker West Ham need to start converting the chances created by the Premier League's leading playmaker Dimitri Payet.

And Bilic could offer Mazzarri his Italian compatriot Simone Zaza in exchange in a move that would suit all parties.

West Ham United's Simone Zaza looks dejected as West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob looks onWest Ham United's Simone Zaza could flourish under compatriot Mazzarri

Should Watford take over the remainder of Zaza's season-long loan from Juventus, he would be under less pressure as the back-up to Deeney at Watford.

And Mazzarri would be the ideal man to get the best out of his fellow countryman while the club's Italian owners would also be aware of Zaza's potential despite his profligacy so far this season.

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