Hammers close on striker

Ze Eduardo arrives from Italy ahead of possible transfer

Ze Eduardo: Arrived at West Ham on Monday ahead of potential transfer

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed Brazilian striker Ze Eduardo has arrived at the club ahead of a possible transfer before Tuesday's deadline.

The Championship leaders have been looking to bring in at least one big-name striker and have been tracking Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes and Rangers hot-shot Nikicia Jelavic.

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Highly-rated Ze Eduardo has now arrived at the club from Genoa ahead of a potential loan move with a view to a permanent deal - a story revealed by Sky Sports.

Speaking of the latest situation, Allardyce told Sky Sports News: "He's arrived today so we'll go through the normal procedure and at the end of that make a decision."

Asked if Ze Eduardo was the striker they were most optimistic of signing, he added: "At the moment yes, because he's in the building!

"He's here, he's flown in from Italy and he arrived this morning and we go through the normal procedures as we do with everybody in terms of whether we sign them on short or long-term, making sure they're absolutely 100 per cent fit to join us."