wilfried bony

West Ham United are plotting a swoop for prolific Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony, as boss Sam Allardyce prepares for life without Andy Carroll.

The Sun claim that Allardyce is considering a move for the £12 million rated Vitesse Arnhem striker to replace Carroll when his season-long loan at Upon Park expires in the summer. The Hammers fear that Carroll has no interest in a permanent move to the London club and is determined to either prove himself with Liverpool or return to the North East with Newcastle United.

West Ham already have a first refusal £17 million deal agreed with Liverpool for Carroll’s permanent signature but if the lanky England forward has no interest in joining the Upton Park club, then Allardyce knows he must look elsewhere and Bony appears to top his summer wish list.

Bony, 24, has notched an impressive 16 goals in 18 league game return for Arnhem in Holland and has recently taken part in Ivory Coast’s quarter-final exit in the African Cup of Nations.

Ironically, The Sun claim the forward was actually linked with moves to Newcastle United and Liverpool in the January transfer window but has now become subject of a move to West Ham, as Liverpool and Newcastle try and decide which want Carroll more next season.

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This article was first posted on February 10, 2013