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Hammers set for busy month

January 2, 2011
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell will complete his move to West Ham on Monday morning ahead of a busy transfer window for the Hammers.

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Avram Grant has targeted four new signings in January transfer window, and West Ham have enquired for about 20 players, aiming to capture at least one big-name striker.

They have been linked with the likes of Michael Owen and Robbie Keane but, with a debt of £80 million, they will seek to recruit loan stars.

West Ham are also interested in signing Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd for £2 million, with the 28-year-old, recently called up by England, out of contract in the summer. Birmingham and Chelsea are also interested.

The Hammers also want Wayne Bridge and Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City but can only recruit one loan player from any one Premier League club. Bridge is the more likely, but negotiations over the details of a loan deal are still ongoing.