Report: New striker targets on Irons radar

Shane Long is now reported to be a Hammers target

                         Shane Long is now reported to be a Hammers target

West Ham are tonight being reported as having Southampton’s Shane Long and Brentford striker Scott Hogan as alternative January targets should Sunderland remain unwilling to sell Jermain Defoe.

Defoe, 34, is believed to favour a return to his former club with West Ham also confident he can operate at the top level for another 18 months.

RR HighHowever Saints haven’t ruled out listening to offers for Long who is not a favourite of the Saints manager Claude Puel but the Hammers are also looking hard at Hogan with the board’s recruitment director  Tony Henry believing  the 24-year-old can make the step up into the Premier League.

However, Brentford’s £10 million asking price for the 13-goal forward represents a risk for owner David Sullivan given the player’s lack of previous top-flight experience and injury record.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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