Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JON WEST

WEST HAM are hope­ful of seal­ing a deal for Italy striker Fabio Quagliarella.

With Andy Car­roll out in­jured and only the in­ex­pe­ri­enced Modibo Maiga avail­able to lead the line, the Ham­mers need more fire­power.

But boss Sam Al­lardyce has al­ready used up his sum­mer bud­get, with winger Ste­wart Down­ing’s £5mil­lion switch from Liver­pool the last big sign­ing. That means West Ham’s pref­er­ence is to take Quagliarella (left) on loan from Ju­ven­tus.

The for­ward has only a year of his con­tract left to run at Juve, who have brought in Car­los Tevez from Manch­ester City.

And that is why the Ital­ians want to sell, to cash in now rather than let him go for free next sum­mer. The Ham­mers are pre­pared to match his wages and know the player prefers a move to Lon­don rather than Sun­der­land or Nor­wich, who are also in­ter­ested.

Al­lardyce is also busy try­ing to off­load fringe men to fund the deal.

Alou Diarra, Matt Tay­lor, Ri­cardo Vaz Te and third-choice keeper Stephen Hen­der­son are all avail­able.

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