Hammers target Blades ace

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Skysports.com understand West Ham are planning a move for Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery.

Hammers boss Alan Curbishley is actively scouring the transfer market in a bid to bolster his squad as he looks to avoid relegation.

Curbishley is thought to have made Montgomery one of his targets as he believes he is the type of player he needs at Upton Park to help them get out of trouble at the wrong end of the table.

With doubts surrounding the future of Nigel Reo-Coker, Curbishley is drawing up a list of targets to strengthen his midfield.

Montgomery has impressed this season in the Premiership when he has been given the chance in Neil Warnock's starting XI.

West Ham are now believed to be ready to test Sheffield United's resolve to hang onto the 25-year-old with a firm bid.

Championship duo West Brom and Birmingham are also thought to be keeping tabs on the all-action midfielder.