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West Ham in talks with Obinna

ESPNsoccernet can confirm that West Ham are in talks with Inter Milan over the signing of their 23-year-old Nigeria forward Victor Obinna.

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Obinna, 23, spent last season on loan to Spanish side Malaga and has been linked to clubs including Brescia and Stoke City this summer. He has played in 34 games for Nigeria and scored 11 goals.

Soccernet can exclusively reveal that the deal is a loan with an option to buy, to entice the player to give his all in order to earn a permanent move.

West Ham have been linked with a long succession of forwards during the summer, including French strikers Thierry Henry and Loic Remy, Man City's Felipe Caicedo and they have also made three unsuccessful bids for Everton's Yakubu.

The club are desperate to bring in a striker having scored just one goal in their opening two games (defeats to Aston Villa and Bolton), as Carlton Cole, Benedict McCarthy and Frederic Piquionne have not impressed and Alessandro Diamanti is on the verge of a return back to Italy.

Kids Fred Sears and Frank Nouble are deemed too green for regular action and manager Avram Grant knows that with Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs to come in their next four Premier League games, the situation at Upton Park does not look like improving until more quality is brought into the side.


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