Another Premier League club, Crystal Palace are reported to have entered the race to rival West Ham in the signing of Fenerbahce and Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike.
Sky sources who had reported last week that the Hammers had made an offer to take the 28-year-old on loan with the view to a permanent transfer in the summer claim the Eagles are also now interested.
It is suggested that West Ham deal for Emenike is being delayed owing to the interest from Palace.
Eagles boss Alan Pardew wants another option up-front and could lose Connor Wickham for three matches after he was charged by the FA with violent conduct.
Emenike, who was of interest to Tottenham several years ago, has been playing on loan in Dubai for Al Ain and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic knows him from his time in charge of Besiktas.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan told Sky Sports News HQ last week that the club was interested in a striker who had been playing in a “strange” league.
“We are looking, long-term, for a 20-goal-a-season striker,” he said. “There’s a possibility that a striker will come in on loan in the next seven days, with the option to buy him.
“He’s an overseas striker. If I told you, you wouldn’t believe it. I can’t tell you which league because then you’ll know exactly who it is. We are signing from a very strange league. But he has played in higher leagues.”
With the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on Tuesday, Emenike may not be needed by Pardew anymore.