West Ham have turned their heads to the continent in a bid to fill the lanky gap left by an injured Andy Carroll.

The towering striker has not played for the club since February and is not expected to play until October according to joint-chairman David Gold.

According to the Daily Mirror the Irons' domestic targets – Javier Hernandez and Loic Remy – are beyond reach and the east Londoners are reluctant to pay the £15million QPR are asking for Charlie Austin.

Worse still, they face competition from Italian side Fiorentina for Roma's Mattia Destro so may have to look elsewhere to bolster their strike force of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate.

In other news, midfielder Manuel Lanzini of the UAE's Al Jazira Club is expected to join the Hammers on loan. It is thought the 22-year-old is looking for a permanent deal.