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Kaveh Solhekol claims West Ham were one of the clubs to have had scouts at Anfield watching striker Ludovic Ajorque

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Kaveh Solhekol claims West Ham were one of the clubs to have had scouts at Anfield watching striker Ludovic Ajorque

Kaveh Solhekol claims West Ham were one of the clubs to have had scouts at Anfield watching Ligue 1 striker Ludovic Ajorque on Sunday.

As Hammers fans know only too well, David Moyes has been operating with just one striker in the West Ham squad for the last 18 months.

That all changed with the £35m arrival of Italy forward Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo last week.

Scamacca signs for the Hammers. Photo: West Ham United FC

But Moyes is allegedly still in the market for another forward, being linked with a host of names.

West Ham have been actively operating in the French football market since the arrival of head of recruitment Rob Newman.

Nayef Aguerd and Alphonse Areola have signed from Rennes and PSG respectively.

The Hammers have had a bid accepted for Lille central midfielder Amadou Onana overnight.

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And it seems Moyes and Newman are looking to talent from across The Channel again for that second striker.

That’s if a claim from a Sky Sports transfer reporter is anything to go by.

Kaveh Solhekol claims West Ham were one of the clubs to have had scouts at Anfield watching Ligue 1 striker Ludovic Ajorque.

Liverpool played Ajorque’s club Strasbourg in a friendly at Anfield on Sunday.

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A mostly youthful Liverpool side led by experienced heads James Milner and Joe Gomez were beaten 3-0 at Anfield with Ajorque playing 89 minutes.

West Ham were one of a host of clubs with representatives in the crowd, reportedly watching the big forward.

“I’m told the clubs that watched him yesterday (Sunday) were Wolves, Everton, Leicester, West Ham, Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Newcastle,” Solhekol said on Sky Sports News on Monday.

“He’s someone we might be hearing a lot more from.”

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The Hammers were linked with giant French forward Ajorque in January (Foot Mercato).

A move did not materialise with his club Strasbourg apparently refusing to entertain any bids midway through a season.

Sport Witness and TeamTalk claimed in May that West Ham were still interested in the 28-year-old who – at 6ft 5in – has a very specific skill set.

Given West Ham’s proficiency from set-pieces, Ajorque would be a potentially lethal option.

He has scored 10 goals plus in each of the last four seasons and netted 12 for Strasbourg last term.

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The forward could be a powerful weapon off the bench in West Ham’s ever growing team of giants.

Whether he would be able to adjust to the pace of the Premier League remains to be seen.

But at a reported £12.6m it would be a low risk signing in the grand scheme of things.

Ajorque hails from Reunion – the French island where a certain former West Ham star called Dimitri Payet was born and raised.

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