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West Ham United linked with Benfica's Oscar Cardozo and Roma's Marco Boriello
4:22pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
West Ham United face a race against time to clear some deadwood before the end of the transfer window as they eye moves for two of Europe's top strikers.
Benfica star Oscar Cardozo and Roma frontman Marco Boriello are reportedly interesting Hammers boss Sam Allardyce as he looks to add weight to his frontline.
Paraguayan Cardozo has also been linked with a move to a number of European clubs including Spartak Moscow and Fenerbache, while Boriello ended last season as Genoa’s top scorer with 12 goals during his loan from Juventus and he could be available at a cut price after falling out of favour in Turin.
Club record signing Andy Carroll is set to be out until mid-September and with only Modibo Maiga and Ricardo Vaz Te for cover, the Irons are eager to sign another striker.
However, any potential moves are on the premise that they can offload several unwanted assets before the close of the window on September 2.
Allardyce said over the weekend that he believes West Ham's current squad is the best he has ever worked with but is still keen to create funds to keep improving the squad.
Vaz Te, Alou Diarra and Matt Taylor have all been linked to moves away from East London within the next two weeks.