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The Portugal international forward has handed in a transfer request having fallen down the pecking order at Upton Park and is wanted by the Premier League strugglers

By Danny Carlton

Crystal Palace are leading the chase for want-away West Ham forward Ricardo Vaz Te, Goal understands.

The Portugal international handed in a written transfer request on Thursday having fallen down Sam Allardyce’s pecking order.

West Ham will now allow the player, who scored in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup clash against Cheltenham, to leave for around £2 million.

“There has been no official bid but we are aware of interest over at Selhurst Park. There's also been interest from Nottingham Forest,” a source close to the club told Goal.

“Vaz Te is among the lowest paid players at West Ham and looks a perfect fit for Palace given the cash restraints in place at the newly promoted club."

The Hammers will move quickly to find a back-up striker to Andy Carroll should Vaz Te leave as expected. Allardyce was at Morecambe last night to watch Newcastle's 2-0 Capital One Cup victory with Shola Ameobi understood to be in his sights.

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