These are exciting times indeed for Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United. With the Europa League a genuine probability and a move to the Olympic Stadium very much on the horizon, it’s never been a better time to be an optimistic Hammers supporter.
One area the club could do with improving though is up front. Emmanuel Emenike hasn’t hit the ground running quite like expected and Andy Carroll has been in and out of the side with injuries, yet again. Whilst Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho have chipped in with important goalscoring contributions, the Hammers have really missed out due to their lack of a 20-goal-a-season striker.
So with this in mind, here’s FIVE attacking options that could truly strengthen West Ham United’s forward line next season…
This Gunner has had an extremely frustrating past couple of seasons. A lack of starts and goals have left Theo Walcott well and truly condemned to the Arsenal bench and it’s time for a move.
West Ham have been linked with a transfer and he could be exactly what they need. When in-form he’s quick, has good vision and definitely knows where the net is.
Benteke is a striker who, like Walcott, has had an extremely frustrating campaign. He’s not in Jurgen Klopp’s long-term plans and a transfer at the end of the season is looking more and more likely.
The Belgian international would bring definite pace and power to the Olympic Stadium and it could be a move to revive his beleaguering career. With the likes of Dimitri Payet playing alongside him, Benteke would soon find his feat again.
Michy Batshuayi could be the man the Hammers need. Big, powerful with an eye for the back of the net, this Marseille striker has been hotly linked with a move to London and it’s easy to see why.
26 goals in 63 appearances for Marseille has put some of Europe’s biggest sides on red-alert as to his availability and many expect this 22-year-old to playing at the very highest level for many years to come.
Alexandre Lacazette is the definition of Lyon and is adored by their supporters.
But after six years with the Ligue 1 club, many have touted him with a move to the Premier League this summer with West Ham a name being widely mentioned.
He has unbelievable pace and 23 goals this season have done little to dent his European credentials. This would be a massive coop for the Hammers if they pull this one off.
Vardy has well and truly written the record books this season for Leicester City and was a massive player in their unlikely title win.
A move would prove extremely tricky for West Ham due to Leicester’s confirmed Champions League place, but they will help the lure of their new project could tempt the former Fleetwood man. He’d strengthen the Hammers no end and this would be the transfer of the century if they pull it off.