West Ham have identified new potential striker targets this January, it has been reported by ExWHUEmployee.

As has been disclosed by our club insider now for many weeks, the club are in the market for a new forward, which has been compounded further with the recent injury setback to Michail Antonio and then the subsequent ankle injury to Jarrod Bowen.

The situation has prompted more urgency on the recruitment drive this January, as the club scour the market to look at the options available.

Reporting exclusively on The West Ham Way Patreon, our Podcast co-host and club insider advised that the club are have earmarked two Greek forwards, with one seen as a more likely option at this stage.

“A couple of Greek forwards have caught the eye,” stated Ex. “The first is Vangélis Pavlídis of our Conference league opponents Az Alkmaar. He has a very good scoring record for them in the Dutch league but again could come with quite a high price tag.

“Perhaps a more realistic option is Fotis Ioannidis of Panathinaikos, rivals of our opponents this year Olympiakos.

“These two teams played recently and Ioannidis scored a 65 minute equaliser. We watched him play for Panathinaikos against Maccabi Haifa and he scored in a 2-1 loss and impressed our scouts. He is the more likely option to be explored out of the two.”

The 24 year-old Ioannidis has been in prolific form so far this season, having netted 16 goals thus far for Panathinaikos.

Ex will be keeping fans up to date to the progress of this potential move as it develops, on The West Ham Way Patreon.