West Ham have been offered Samuel Eto'o but will have to pay the Cameroon star £100,000 a week if they want him to replace the injured Andy Carroll.
Eto'o has been a free agent since Chelsea decided not to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of last season.
The 33-year-old endured a difficult World Cup and has been looking for a new club after falling out with Jose Mourinho.
Sam Allardyce is desperate to add to the Hammers' forward line after Carroll was ruled out for up to four months with an ankle injury.
The £15m club record signing has undergone surgery but is certain to miss the start of the new Premier League season.
Eto'o, who is also on the radar of former Hammers boss Harry Redknapp at newly-promoted QPR, would represent a gamble by Hammers' owners David Sullivan and David Gold, not least because of his age.
He scored just 12 goals in 35 appearances for the Blues last season, all of which came at Stamford Bridge.
The pair would also have to dig deep for the forward -- Eto'o is reportedly demanding £100,000 a week to move to the east London club, according to the Daily Mail.
Another possible reinforcement is Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida. The 30-year-old has been a long-term target of Allardyce's but no move has ever come to fruition.
Like Eto'o, Almeida is also a free agent having come to the end of his tenure with Beşiktaş with no offer of improved terms.
He netted an impressive 37 goals in 88 appearances for the Turkish side after a spell in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.