According to reports from The Sun, West Ham will consider moving for Watford striker Troy Deeney in the January transfer window should they fail to land Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool.
Sturridge has dropped down the pecking order at the club and Jurgen Klopp is happy to offload him. Ideally, the Reds would want to sell him, but he would be available on a loan deal as well.
West Ham have turned to the English striker – who could cost around Â£25 million â€“ after injuries to Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, and Marko Arnautovic. However, they have a plan B in place in the form of Deeney, should the deal fall through.
Nevertheless, David Moyesâ€™ side are expected to face strong competition from other Premier League rival clubs, with the likes of Stoke City, Brighton, West Brom and Newcastle being all interested.
The Sun also claims that West Brom and Newcastle are monitoring his situation, and are preparing bids before next Wednesdayâ€™s deadline.
Deeney joined Watford in 2010 and has achieved the status of a cult-figure at the club. However, he has managed only eight Premier League starts this season, and his future may well lie away from Vicarage Road.