West Ham could miss out on the capture of free agent Hugo Almeida after Galatasaray entered the fray for the striker’s services, Talksport reports.
The Hammers are on the search for a replacement striker after Andy Carroll suffered an ankle injury in pre-season, keeping him out of action until November.
With the big man out, the East London club have revived their interest in the Portugal striker as they search for cover before the new Premier League season.
Almeida became a free agent after leaving Turkish club Besiktas earlier this year and now has European clubs clamouring for his signature.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has been a long-time admirer of the 30-year-old but now faces competition from Galatasaray as well as Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt and Greek side Olympiacos.
The Turkish side join in on the hunt for an experienced striker after the departure of Didier Drogba to Chelsea and could put a dent in the Hammer’s hopes for a frontman.
Almeida certainly won’t be short of options when he considers where to take his future, but his vast experience playing in the Bundesliga could help with his decision.
The veteran spent four and a half seasons playing for Werder Bremen which could become a factor when choosing from his potential suitors.