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HAMMER INTEREST: Ahmed Musa (PA)

WEST HAM have been told it will take a cash bid of £12m to prise Ahmed Musa away from CSKA Moscow after their loan enquiry was rebuffed.

The Hammers are desperate to add at least one striker to their ranks this month to increase the attacking options at manager Sam Allardyce’s disposal.

Allardyce gambled on the fitness of England marksman Andy Carroll in the summer when he convinced the club to pay a record fee to bring him to east London from Liverpool on a permanent deal.

A heel injury has meant the former Newcastle Academy graduate has barely featured for the Hammers this term, leaving Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga to lead the line.

The duo has notched just five goals collectively this term and the Hammers lack of goals has seen them struggle in a fight to avoid relegation.

Allardyce has pinpointed Musa as someone that can provide some thrust to West Ham’s faltering attack.

The Nigeria international finished as CSKA’s top-scorer last season as his goals fired them to a Russian League and Cup double.

He further enhanced his burgeoning reputation with some excellent displays for Nigeria in the Confederation cup last summer, where his versatility allows him to play across forward line.

Musa is rated as one of the Super Eagles’ best attackers and has been tipped as a possible star of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

West Ham’s attempt to sign Musa on loan was given short thrift by CSKA officials who rate their marksman highly and will only consider selling if the Premier League side make a cash bid.

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