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West Ham United are attempting to sign at least two players ahead of tomorrow night's transfer deadline.
Due to 31st August falling on a Sunday this year the transfer window has been extended by a further 24 hours, allowing clubs to sign players until midnight on Monday. The Hammers are set to be extremely active throughout the day as they attempt to tie up deals ahead of the embargo.
One player strongly linked with a move to East London is Italian centre-half Guglielmo Stendardo. The 27-year-old could follow Valon Behrami from Lazio if the Hammers manage to tie-up a season-long loan deal in time.
Stendardo had a public falling-out with manager Delio Rossi earlier in the year and demanded to leave the club. He moved to Juventus on loan where he played five times in the latter half of last season before returning to Lazio last month.
Should that move fail to pan out United could turn instead to 26-year-old French defender Gael Givet, who has been made available by current club Marseilles for around £3million.
Elsewhere Gianluca Nani is thought to be close to agreeing a deal with a second unnamed Italian who should also arrive on loan.
News of interest in Henrik Larsson appears to have cooled, whilst there is no fresh news regarding the Stephen Appiah situation (although United officials are thought to have spoken with the player's representatives last week).
Walter Pandiani, who recently spent time on trial with the club is set to make a decision on his future today and could be a possible last minute back-up option for the Hammers should they fail to land their preferred targets.
Also on Alan Curbishley's radar is young Leicester full-back Joe Mattock, although he is currently viewed as too expensive a proposition at this stage of the season.
Stephen Appiah, thanks to being a free agent after having his contract cancelled with Fenerbahce, is considering his options with a number of clubs.
West Ham are looking to get him on board sooner rather than later, but the powerful midfielder, also linked with Portsmouth, Everton and Juventus, can join any club when he wants.
The question mark remains over his injury-prone-ness...so would he even be a good signing?
The Times say that West Ham are linked with Torino striker David Di Michele, 32, and 21-year-old Palermo striker Edison Cavani.
The Independent say that West Ham have rejected a £5m bid from Sunderland for 24-year-old striker Carlton Cole.