All eyes turn to Liverpool’s trip to Portugal on Wednesday night as West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini searches for a new leading man.

The Chilean is at a real crossroads when it comes to strikers this summer.

Andy Carroll’s contract is up and he will be released.

Marko Arnautovic has burned his bridges with supporters and is likely to be sold.

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West Ham clearing the decks up front

He will be joined by Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez as West Ham look to clear the decks.

The Hammers have been linked with a host of strikers including Maxi Gomez, Edin Dzeko, Duvan Zapata, Daniel Sturridge and Luka Jovic.

One man who has been consistently linked with a move to East London, though, is Porto powerhouse Moussa Marega.

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Marega in Pellegrini’s sights

Portuguese newspaper A Bola (via Sport Witness) reported that West Ham scouts were present at Porto’s game against Portimonense at the weekend.

Marega, who has been linked with a big money move to West Ham (Sky Sports), scored in a 3-0 win.

And the 27-year-old will be closely watched by West Ham fans and Pellegrini as he looks to help his side overturn a 2-0 deficit against Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash.

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Marega audition as West Ham eyes turn to Liverpool’s trip to Porto

Marega has 84 goals from 222 games. That’s a respectable record of one in every three during his career so far.

The Mali international has 17 goals from 33 games this season.

And he will be wanting to beat last season’s career high tally of 23.

The match could well prove to be an audition for a potential move to West Ham, who would seemingly be getting the player at the peak of his career.

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