West Ham United have enquired about the availability of Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella as they look to find a strike partner for Andy Carroll.
The Hammers paid around £15m to land Carroll on a permanent deal from Liverpool but it seems manager Sam Allardyce feels he still needs another striker in order for the club to build on a successful first season back in the Premier League.
Having allowed Carlton Cole to leave the club after his contract came to an end, Allardyce is short of out-and-out strikers, with both Ricardo Vaz Te and Modibo Maiga tending to play more of a supporting role.
West Ham have been linked with Udinese forward Matej Vydra - who excelled on loan at Watford last season - in recent weeks but Sky Italia report that their attention has now turned to Juventus striker Quagliarella.
The 30 year old may well be viewed as surplus to requirements at Juventus after the Italian champions completed deals for Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte certainly has plenty of options with Quagliarella, Mriko Vucinic, Alessandro Matri and Sebastian Giovinco also within the first team squad.
Conte is believed to be ready to allow one of the six to leave this summer and West Ham will hope that they can persuade the Italy international to make the move to Upton Park.
It is likely that there will be plenty of competition for Quagliarella as Norwich City are also believed to be pursuing the Italian - though their interest may subside if they can complete a deal for Celtic striker Gary Hooper.
Juventus are believed to have rejected an offer of €10m from Norwich earlier this summer and West Ham may well have to come in with a higher offer if they are serious in their own pursuit of the vastly experienced forward.
Quagliarella has 25 caps to his name for Italy and last season scored nine league goals as Juventus won their second consecutive league title.