West Ham chief reveals deal for goalscoring ace is ‘very close’

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has claimed that the club are “very close” to signing a striker with a proven goalscoring record in “competitive leagues”.

The Hammers have been aligned with a host of forwards throughout the transfer window, but pursuits of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Carlos Tevez soon broke down.

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As things stand, Slaven Bilic looks set to go into the start of the new campaign reliant on Andy Carroll, and with the Englishman in possession of a patchy injury record the situation is far from ideal.

However, Sulluivan has claimed that a deal for a top marksman to address the issue is close:

“We are very close to bringing in a very promising striker who has scored goals regularly in his career in competitive leagues,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“He will need time to settle, like every new player, but we are confident he will add a lot to the squad.”

Sullivan’s words hint at much talked about target Carlos Bacca, who has played for top teams in multiple European divisions.

Interestingly, Sullivan went on to suggest that a second target based in the Premier League is also on their agenda:

“We are also talking to another Premier League club about a top-class international forward, but the discussions over financial terms still have some way to go.”