West Ham are poised to make a move for Japanese hot-shot Ryoichi Maeda.
Maeda, 30, is one of the most prolific forwards in the J League and has won the Golden Boot award in both 2009 and 2010.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is desperate to strengthen his forward line in January and has already missed out on a move for Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka.
Maeda will become a free agent when his two-year contract with Jubilo Iwata expires and he would love the chance to showcase his talents in England.
The talented striker has a wealth of experience and is a key member of the Japan side, having scored three goals as his side won the Asian Cup back in January.
With West Ham suffering two consecutive defeats against Burnley and Reading, Allardyce hopes a deal can be finalised in the New Year.