West Ham have enjoyed a successful summer transfer window so far but it appears Slaven Bilic isn’t quite ready to settle for what he’s got.
In the last 10 days the Hammers have secured the services of Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javer Hernandez to bolster what was largely an underperforming squad last season.
The Hammers were ridiculed for their business last summer, which saw no less than 13 players arrive in a scatter-gun approach to squad building, most of which backfired.
This summer Bilic appears to have been more organised with his transfer intentions and the players already signed prove that. They’re additions that will go straight in to the starting XI and make the Hammers stronger.
The £16m capture of Hernandez on Monday could perhaps be the Premier League’s signing of the summer if he can end the east London club’s infamous history with strikers since David Gold and David Sullivan bought the club in 2010.
But with Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho continuously battling injuries and Ashley Fletcher being sold to Middlesbrough on Friday, the Mexico international is now all but on his own as the Hammers’ source of goals up front.
It means West Ham will need to invest further in at least one more striker before the end of the transfer window, with Burnley’s Andre Gray one of many front men being linked with a move to London Stadium.
At the beginning of July the London Evening Standard claimed West Ham were leading the race for Gray, who scored nine goals in 26 Premier League outings for Burnley last season.
And now, as West Ham find themselves short up front once more, bookmakers William Hill have slashed the odds of West Ham signing Gray to 5/6, while BetVictor are offering even odds for the transfer to happen before the end of the window.
The addition of Gray, who is valued at £8.5m by transfermarkt.com, would be a shrewd one if he can at least replicate his goal scoring form from 16/17 this season.
He would undoubtedly get more service from a better creative side in West Ham and would improve playing alongside a player of Hernandez’s calibre.