The Hammers are in striking disarray again and desperately need one, if not two, new strikers before the transfer window closes.
They are down to the bare bones with just Modibo Maiga and Diafra Sakho as the main striking options, with Mauro Zarate more of a number 10 than a central focal point for the attack.
The ‘significant’ knee and ankle injuries Enner Valencia sustained against Astra Giurgiu last Thursday look as though they will rule the Ecuadorian forward out until October, which has further emphasised the Hammers’ need for a new front man.
Slaven Bilic need strikers, so here are five possible targets the East Londoners should be considering…
It has been suggested by the Telegraph that West Ham are eyeing up a loan move, with a view to a permanent deal, for Mexican forward Raul Jimenez, depending on a work permit hearing later this week.
The striker had an unsuccessful season at Atletico Madrid last year, scoring just one goal in 27 games, but the former América striker had a good record in Mexico, scoring regularly, and he has scored eight times for Mexico already.
The Hammers have been linked with the QPR forward all summer and a move across London could well be on the cards for Austin as rumours suggest the striker would prefer to stay in London, rather than move to Newcastle – the other strongly linked club.
We all know how successful Austin was for the R’s last season, scoring eighteen times for the relegated Londoners showing he already has Premier League pedigree.
However, the rumoured £15m price tag on the forward is a stumbling block as the Hammers don’t rate Austin as highly as that fee, so the Hoops will have to drop the price if a deal is to be done.
The Hammers are rumoured to be ready to make a move for the Man Utd forward, who is out of favour at Old Trafford after he was loaned out last season to Real Madrid.
There is strong interest in the Mexican forward from London rivals Spurs, so the East Londoners are going to have to move fast to secure the striker’s services.
Hernandez would be an ideal signing as he would add some real finishing know-how to the West Ham attack, and for £9m a deal for the striker is certainly a possibility.
A bit of a left field target for the Hammers, but the Bulgarian striker is still a classy performer, even at the ripe old age of 34.
He could certainly still do a job in the Premier League but, even though the former Spurs man is still a talented performer, he couldn’t be considered as the one single striker to solve West Ham’s striking dilemmas.
However, with the Bulgarian out of contract after finishing his time at Monaco, he is attainable and could well be signed as a decent back-up option for the Hammers.
The Chelsea forward has looked like he is set to stay at Stamford Bridge this season, but a move for the Frenchman could still be on the cards for the Upton Park based club, especially after the striker’s uninspiring performance in the Community Shield on Sunday, which may persuade Jose Mourinho to move the striker on.
Chelsea will need to sign another forward before they will be letting Remy leave however, but if they do the Hammers could resurrect a deal for the striker.