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4th Jan, 2017 | 3:28pm

West Ham want these two goal scoring machines in January - reliable journalist

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham are aiming to secure deals in January for Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe and Brentford’s Scott Hogan, according to a reliable journalist.

Sky Sports reported on Wednesday afternoon that the Black Cats had rejected a £6million bid from the east London side for their star forward.

However, the Hammers are expected to make another move and former senior Sky Sports reporter Graeme Bailey has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Slaven Bilic wants both strikers.

It is clear that West Ham need a striker in the winter window with attacking midfielders Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet making up their three top scorers with 14 goals between them.

Defoe, 34, broke through the Hammers academy back in 2000 and starred in 94 encounters with a return of 29 goals before moving onto Tottenham.

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He has since scored 155 goals in 451 appearances in the English top flight and has 11 in 20 for David Moyes’ struggling side this season.

Meanwhile, Hogan, 24 has entered the radar for a number of clubs with his contract at Brentford set to expire in the summer.

The young Englishman has a fantastic record for the Bees with 21 goals in 35 encounters and has 14 strikes from his 25 league fixtures this campaign.

Both Brentford and Sunderland will be reluctant to lose their star forwards, but West Ham showed in the summer that they have money to spend after their stadium move.

Football Insider verdict:

Defoe and Hogan would be two very good acquisitions for West Ham in the January window. One thing Defoe guarantees in the top flight is goals and that is what the Hammers are in need of to fight off the threat of relegation. Meanwhile, Hogan has never played at the level of the top flight, but his record in the Championship would suggest that he can make the step up. The east London side have taken a new approach to the one they took in the summer, which saw a lot of European flops join the side, including Simone Zaza and Gokhan Tore. They have now taken a step in the right direction with targets proven in England and they must secure their men.

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