West Ham chasing Brazilian striker

West Ham are one of many clubs showing interest in Roma star striker Julio Baptista.

WEST Ham are one of many clubs showing an interest in Roma's star striker Julio Baptista.

The Hammers' manager Gianfranco Zola has identified a need to strengthen their strike force and has been searching through Europe with hope of finding a solution.

West Ham's current financial situation means they can only afford a loan deal, however, Roma are rumoured to be interested in a cash sale only. The 27-year-old striker cost an initial �8 million and moved to the club last summer.

The Brazilian-born goal scorer has only served 12 months of his original four-month contract. Roma are willing to let him go in order to free up funds to further strengthen their squad.

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