Sunderland have joined the race to sign Samuel Etoï¿½o after reports emergedï¿½thatï¿½contract talks between the Cameroon international and West Hamï¿½haveï¿½brokenï¿½down.
The former Barcelona strikerï¿½s agentï¿½Claudio Vigorelliï¿½had been negotiating a one-year deal with the option of a further year with the Hammers but the deal has fallen short of expectations.
West Hamï¿½manager Sam Allardyceï¿½had been looking at the 33-year-old to boost his striker ranks in the absence of the injured Andy Carroll but now Sunderland are looking to land the former Chelsea man on a free transfer.
Allardyceï¿½is still confident of salvaging a deal but with Gus Poyet looking to add experience to his strikeforce the Black Cats boss is now ready to offer the four-time Africanï¿½Player of the Yearï¿½a contract.
Sunderland, who are 21/10 for a top 10 finish, are desperate for attacking reinforcements but so far their bid to make Fabio Boriniï¿½s loan move from Liverpool permanent has proved unsuccessful.
Etoï¿½o, who has made 188 appearances for Cameroon, scored nine goals in 21 appearances for Chelsea last term and his eye for goal would certainly aid Poyetï¿½s men as they look to improve upon last seasonï¿½s 14thï¿½placed finish.
The Indomitable Lions captain has so far turned down lucrative offers from the Middle East and has also rejected the advances of Turkish club Besiktas.
Tottenham are also reportedly in the race for Etoï¿½oï¿½s signature but Poyet, who could lose Connor Wickham after the striker turned down a new contract at the Stadium of Light, is hopeful of convincing the former Inter striker to make the move to theï¿½north-east.
Meanwhile Sunderland, who are 5/2 to finish as the topï¿½north-eastï¿½club in the Premier League, have opened talks with Jack Rodwell after agreeing a fee in the region ofï¿½ï¿½10mï¿½with Manchester City.
The 23-year-old is on Wearside for contract talks and a medical as Sunderland look to strengthen theirï¿½midfieldï¿½following the departures of Jack Colback, Ki Sung-Yuengï¿½and Craig Gardner.
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