By Tom Blackburn

West Ham have opened talks with Chelsea striker Loic Remy as they bid to sign a frontman, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim West Ham are searching a number of avenues to end their striker crisis, and are seeking Remy, 29, on a season-long loan.

Remy was previously a target for Everton, but French newspaper L’Equipe claimed last week that he told Chelsea he wants to stay in London.

Remy joined Chelsea from QPR for £11million in 2014 after he spent a season on loan at Newcastle.

He has struggled to fit in at Stamford Bridge and is considered a disappointment, with just 12 goals in 47 appearances.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic currently faces a striker shortage after record signing Andre Ayew was injured on his debut against Chelsea last week, and targetman Andy Carroll was forced off in their first leg against Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League last Thursday.

The Hammers are known to be tracking Wilfried Bony, who is not a part of Pep Guardiola’s plans at Manchester City.

They have also been in talks with Juventus to sign Simone Zaza, who is behind Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata in their pecking order.

In other West Ham transfer news, Arsenal join the race for a European ace while the Hammers remain interested.