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The Hammers are keen to bolster their strikeforce following Andy Carroll's latest injury setback and are pursuing the Sunderland striker, who rose to prominence last season

By William Joyce

West Ham have made a move for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham as they continue to bolster their attacking options ahead of the Premier League season, Goal can confirm.

The Hammers have failed with moves for Peter Crouch and Facundo Ferreyra this summer, while they are also understood to have made enquiries for Portugal international Hugo Almeida and Metz's Diafra Sakho as they seek to secure a replacement for the injured Andy Carroll.

Carroll has undergone surgery on an ankle injury and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, leading West Ham to push ahead with a move for Wickham - who has just 12 months left on his current deal at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are desperate for him to sign a new deal following a brilliant run of form at the end of last season – which saw him score five goals in nine games as the club avoided relegation – but the 21-year-old has so far rebuffed their offers.

Gus Poyet has stated that Wickham will be sold if he does not agree a new deal and Goal can confirm that West Ham have made an approach for the forward.

Sunderland are also in the market for a new striker and the youngster's departure would hasten that search, with Peruvian Paolo Guerrero one of their targets. Goal revealed earlier this summer that the former Bayern Munich star, who currently plays for Corinthians, is looking for a move back to Europe and Poyet is keen on striking a deal.

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