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McCarthy set for Hammers switch?

West Ham United’s manager, Gianfranco Zola, is reported to have made a £1.5 million move for Blackburn Rovers’ Benni McCarthy after the South African front man went AWOL.

The 32-year-old forward, who has previously been linked with Fulham, has grown increasingly unhappy at Ewood Park after being asked to take part in extra training sessions due to weight problems. McCarthy has now made his intentions clear and is believed to be in London hoping the two Premier League sides can agree on a deal. Rovers’ manager, Sam Allardyce, is not at all happy with his player’s decision to miss training.

He told Sky Sports News: “We are very disappointed with Benni’s non appearance for training and will deal with it separately should he remain here after the transfer window has closed.”

Allardyce went on to say that the Lancashire side will only sell on their own terms.

“We have said all along that we will listen to offers, but only agree to sell if both the commercial and football reasons satisfy Blackburn Rovers. That situation remains unchanged.”

The Hammers meanwhile have been buoyed by the recent takeover of the club by David Gold and David Sullivan, who have made no secret of their attempts to land a pair of forwards before the window is up.

“It is not true we are looking for one striker, we are looking for two,” Gold told Sky Sports News: “I am very keen on any striker that can score goals, and that can take West Ham United away from the relegation zone.”

McCarthy reached double figures in the goal charts in each of his three previous seasons with Blackburn. This year has been entirely different with the Cape Town born marksman netting just four times in 18 appearances.

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