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David Sullivan and David Gold have already drawn up an impressive list of potential signings following their takeover of West Ham. Here, Soccernet profiles the club's January targets.

The new owners have been privately working on the transfer targets for some time now in anticipation of winning the takeover battle which went to the wire until Tony Fernandes admitted defeat late on Monday night.

Karen Brady, who worked with Sir Alan Sugar on the hit TV show The Apprentice, will now be heading up the backroom team to bring in new players and will be telling a few targets: "You're hired".

Here is a shortlist of the players that the new Hammers hierarchy are likely to target in what remains of the January transfer window.

1. Jo - Manchester City/Everton
The big Brazilian centre forward arrived in English football with a big reputation and a big fee to go with it, but failed to make an impact at Manchester City following an £18 million move from CSKA Moscow and has been out on loan to Everton where he has fallen foul of David Moyes' strict disciplinary code. He can be brought in on loan and is one of the South American players in the Kia Joorabchian stable, the middle man who brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to Upton Park.

2. Benjani - Manchester City
Another misfit at Eastlands having been sold off by Portsmouth to help meet their crippling debts. The Zimbabwean was restored to the City team by new boss Roberto Mancini, but with the club aspirating to much greater heights, Benjani would be available at a modest price, or again on loan.

3. Mathieu Flamini - AC Milan
Arsene Wenger regretted letting him go in the summer of 2008 but had no choice as the midfield destroyer came to the end of his contract and went off to join the Rossoneri. Flamini has since fallen out of favour with Leonardo and Milan are prepared to let him go, again at a modest price, or on loan. However, it is rumoured Manchester City are also in the hunt for the Frenchman.

4. Yakubu - Everton
The Nigeria international initially made a big impact with the Toffees after signing in an £11.25 million deal from Middlesbrough in 2007 and is undoutedly a natural goalscorer, but he has been hampered by injuries. Yakubu is getting valuable playing time at the African Nations Cup though and David Moyes might accept the striker needs to get back his rhythm and to achieve match sharpness by playing more games on loan.

However, there is no place on that list for former Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen, who has been widely touted as a Hammers target. Sullivan and Gold might consider the Monaco striker to be carrying a touch too much weight, or maybe too heavy a price tag.


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