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24th Aug, 2016 | 2:47pm

West Ham have competition as international goal machine jets in to England

By Will Butcher

Championship outfit Fulham have joined the race to sign Asamoah Gyan from Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, according to a reliable journalist.

Bleacher Report football journalist Dean Jones revealed via Twitter that the Cottagers are seemingly in pole position for the 30-year-old, with West Ham manager Slaven Bilic also keeping tabs on the striker.

Goal claimed that the Hammers were leading the chase for the former Sunderland striker earlier this month, after he was granted permission by Chinese side Shanghai SIPG to leave the club in a loan move.

The Hammers are desperate to bring in a striker after injuries to attacking duo Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew. Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony is also high on the Hammers’ shortlist.

Fulham are also in need of a goalscorer after the £12million sale of Ross McCormack to Aston Villa earlier this month, and are looking to move ahead with a deal for the Ghana captain.

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As well as England and China, Gyan has had spells in Italy, Qatar and France and would bring a wealth of goalscoring experience with him.

Signing for a club-record £13million, Gyan scored 11 goals for Sunderland in all competitions during his first season, before opting to move to Qatar for a much more lucrative contract.

Gyan, who is just five caps away from making 100 national team appearances, has struggled with injuries recently and has fallen down the pecking order after the signing of Brazilian Hulk.

In other West Ham transfer news, this midfielder is set to sign a four-year deal at the London Stadium.