West Ham United keen on Graziano Pelle?

Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta vies with Italy's forward Graziano Pelle during the WC 2018 football qualification match between Italy and Spain

According to reports, West Ham are in talks to sign former Southampton star Graziano Pelle, who is now on the books of Chinese club Shandong Luneng.

According to Sky Italia, the Hammers have zeroed in on ex-Southampton hitman Pelle, who is now plying his trade in China.

Andy Carroll's injury - coupled with questions over Diafra Sakho's future - mean that another striker could be on Moyes' wish list, with talks potentially ongoing.

The Italy international's wages could be an issue, however, with Pelle earning £1 million a month in China.

However, reports went rife on Sunday that David Moyes' side has made enquiries about the availability of Italian forward Graziano Pelle, who plies his trade in China with Shandong Luneng as they look to bolster their attacking ranks.

The 32-year-old impressed in the Premier League during his two seasons with the Saints, scoring 30 goals during his time on the South Coast.

Pelle is said to be keen on a return to England but his £13.5 million-a-year deal with the Chinese outfit could be the biggest stumbling block in any possible deal with the Hammers.

The Hammers have added their first signing of the January transfer window, having snapped up Inter Milan playmaker Joao Mario on loan until the end of the season on Friday.

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