Hammers have given up all hope of landing Liverpool’s Andy Carroll on a permanent deal this summer.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is hoping to be able to persuade out-of-form Everton front man Nikica Jelavic to swap Goodison Park for Upton Park at the end of the season, says the Daily Mirror.
The in-form Hammers have already secured their Premier League status for another campaign and as a result are putting in place plans to bring in new players this summer in order to strengthen their squad for next season.
And one of those targets is believed to be Everton’s Croatia international, who could be deemed surplus to requirements on Merseyside when the transfer window reopens for business on June 1, with Toffees head coach David Moyes understood to be willing to let the 27-year-old depart the club at the end of this campaign.
Jelavic has only been an Everton player for a little over a year now, having arrived at Goodison from Scottish Premier League giants Glasgow Rangers for just £5 million during last year’s January transfer window.
However, after a blistering start to his Everton career in which the attacker netted an eye-catching nine goals in only 13 top-flight matches, and 11 goals in all competitions in 16 games, the player’s form has nosedived this season.
Jelavic has found the target on just the eight occasions in 40 contests this time round, but Alladyce feels that he can get the best out of the striker once again if he can persuade him to leave Champions League-chasing Everton for the East end of London.