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West Ham in the hunt over loan move for Stoke man

West Ham United could be in for some late transfer business, with them showing an interest in signing Mame Biram Diouf on loan for the remainder of the campaign, according to The Sun.

The Hammers have struggled for numbers in attacking areas throughout the season, with injuries hurting them badly along the way, while the recent saga surrounding Marko Arnautovic has highlighted their possible lack of options too.

West Ham have got themselves in a good position in the Premier League table, and a good end to the season could yet see them challenging for a Europa League spot for next season.

In order to maintain that push, Manuel Pellegrini is keen to bring more attackers into the club, and the Senegal international is the latest in a long line of players he has been linked with.

Diouf is expected to be surplus to requirements under new Stoke boss Nathan Jones, so the Hammers boss has every chance of securing his man, if he can beat off the interest in the versatile forward.

It is believed that Hull City and Burnley are also monitoring the situation with the African, and could make an attempt to sign him on loan themselves over the course of what is left of transfer deadline day.

West Ham fans might be pleased to see that Peter Crouch is expected to head to Turf Moor which could take them out of the equation, leaving the Hammers to battle it out with the Championship side for his services.

With Andy Carroll lacking form, and the possibility of Arnautovic missing upcoming matches with injury, Pellegrini is expected to pull out all the stops in a bid to bring a forward to the London Stadium before the deadline closes, with the Stoke man one of a few options open to him.

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