West Ham United are ready to battle Arsenal for free agent Ciprian Marica.

The Daily Star says Sam Allardyce is desperate to add to his attack having seen moves for Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku and Nicklas Bendtner fail to materialise as well as an attempt to re-sign Carlton Cole called off due to fitness concerns.

However West Ham face an uphill battle to convince the Romanian international, who has 63 caps to his name, to join with Arsenal favourites to clinch his signature.

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