West Ham preparing to splash £20m+ on striker – insider

West Ham vice-chairwomen Karen Brady has revealed the club plan to break their transfer record in order to sign a new forward, report the Brentwood Gazette.

The Hammers currently have their record set on Andy Carroll, whom they purchased from Liverpool on a permanent deal in 2013 for around £15m.

However, since then, the money in the Premier League has increased so much more, allowing clubs to splash higher fees up and down the league.

With a stadium move on the way, the East London outfit are clearly eager to improve in all aspects and have identified the need for a new forward.

Flair players such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini have arrived, though the centre-forward berth has proved be somewhat problematic.

Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have both struggled with injuries at Upton Park, as well as Carroll, and Nikica Jelavic has largely failed to convince.

During her column in The Sun, Brady wrote: ‘Just this week David [Sullivan] signed the highly rated Sam Byram from Leeds amid fierce competition.’

‘And I am sure he will demonstrate that nous again this summer, with plans to spend £20m plus on a proven forward.’