Zola targets Toni and Gudjohnsen for new-look West Ham strike force

• Italian hopes to sign both strikers by 1 September• Questions continue over Portsmouth buy-outWest Ham hope to sign both Bayern Munich's Luca Toni and Eidur Gudjohnsen from Barcelona by the end of this summer's transfer window, which closes on 1 September, with each deal potentially being on an initial loan basis.The West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola views the pair, who are experienced and accomplished strikers for their respective clubs and countries, as ideal additions to his squad, which currently has Carlton Cole and the injured Dean Ashton as its only senior forwards, following the knee injury to Luis Boa Morte. He is expected to be ruled out of a first-team return until after Christmas.Italy striker Toni has indicated he is keen on a move to Upton Park and his agent, Jose Alberti, recently said: "At Bayern [he] is not playing ,and Zola is a great friend of his. I think it will happen." Toni, who has scored 38 times in 56 Bundesliga appearances and was Bayern's top scorer last season, is thought to be under contract until 2012 and there may be clauses that are proving a stumbling block.But while West Ham have been in discussion with Toni's camp for weeks and are confident any contractual difficulties can be negotiated, Gudjohnsen's arrival in east London from Barcelona is a decision that may rest, in part, with the player.The former Chelsea forward has been in contact with the West Ham hierarchy in recent weeks but is thought to have some personal affairs that may affect the 30-year-old's future. Gudjohnsen can also play in midfield, which would offer Zola further options as he hopes to improve on last year's ninth place Premier League finish.Meanwhile, Portsmouth have not been informed by Sulaiman al-Fahim about his plan to attend the club's opening fixture of the new Premier League season against Fulham despite the prospective new owner announcing on Saturday that he will definitely be at Fratton Park.It is also unclear whether Alexandre Gaydamak, the current owner, will be present at the game. If he fails to attend this would create the confusing scenario of al-Fahim not being hosted by Gaydamak, the incumbent proprietor, and might cause further questions regarding the future of the Emirates-based businessman's buy-out.Transfer windowWest Ham UnitedBayern MunichBarcelonaJamie Jacksonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
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