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West Ham want Almeida

Sky sources understand that West Ham have renewed their interest in Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida.

The Hammers were linked with a move for the Portugal international in the summer, but Almeida remained in Turkey and has netted 10 goals in 15 appearances for Besiktas.

Manager Sam Allardyce is thought to be still interested in the 29-year-old, although he is yet to table a formal offer for the frontman.

The east Londoners have struggled to score goals in the absence of Andy Carroll and the arrival of Almeida would add some additional firepower to their squad.

Almeida started his career at Porto and left his home country for a spell at Werder Bremen before moving to Besiktas in 2011.

West Ham are also believed to be lining up a loan deal with Monaco for striker Lacina Traore as they prepare for a survival push in the next few months.