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West Ham have turned to Croatian striker Mladen Petric in their search for a new striker after the end of the summer transfer window.

They had been in talks with their former player Carlton Cole who’s contract had only ran out at the start of summer but he failed a medical and was rejected by the club he had been at since 2006. The medical was failed because he is said to be nowhere near the fitness level he should have been at the start of a new season for a Premier League footballer. West Ham perhaps don’t perhaps want another Benni McCarthy situation on their hands.

Petric himself left Fulham at the start of the summer after his contract with Martin Jol’s side expired. He signed for them on a free last summer and then despite a good start, he spent most of the season on the sidelines though injury.

The Hammers have been dealt another blow anyway as their new signing Andy Carroll has recovered from a long term foot injury only to have the exact same injury happen to him on his first day back in training.

Modibo Maiga is their only fit first team striker at the moment and he doesn’t exactly provide you with bags of goals. Kevin Nolan and the attacking players in Sam Allardyce’s side will have to take up the role of goalscorers for the time being.

Petric can be a deadly striker though when fit. When he played in the Bundesliga with Hamburg, he was a prolific striker and one of the top players in the country. The 32 year old has 45 caps and 13 goals for Croatia.

In his Fulham career he made a total of 23 appearances, scoring 5 goals.

Written by Stefan Shields

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