West Ham are locked in a battle with Borussia Monchengladbach as they look to sign Barcelona striker Jonathan Soriano.
Soriano, 26, was the top scorer for Barcelona B in the second tier last season, scoring an incredible 32 goals in 37 games.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen to bolster his forward line and reports in Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo suggest the east London club are leading the chase for his signature.
Allardyce has already missed out on a deal for Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka and wants to bring a forward to the club as they look to secure promotion straight back into the Premier League.
But he will have to act fast as Borussia Monchengladbach have also expressed an interest in the Spanish forward and will make moves to sign him in January.
Despite his amazing goalscoring record for the second string team he is unlikely to make a breakthrough into the Barcelona first-team and is keen to get showcase his talents at the highest level.