West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has confirmed that the club have submitted a £24million bid for a striker in Ligue 1 and will turn to another in England if the offer is rejected.
The Hammers have been heavily linked with move for a top striker in recent weeks, with the likes of Marseille ace Michy Batshuayi, Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, and Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott all being targeted by the London club.
The West Ham hierarchy are adamant that they are a world class centre forward away from making the team a top four contender, with Sullivan confident that one will arrive ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium.
“We are hopefully going to bring one or two top players in. The Olympic Stadium gives us about £12m extra revenue a year, but not £100m,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“We put in a bid today for €30m (£23.7m) for a player and other bids will be going in. We are going to make a £20m or £25m bid for a player in England this week. So whatever happens, we’ll bring a top striker in.
“It’s a statement of intent. We’ll spend between £30m-£50m on transfers this summer. But you’ve got to build it up gradually. You can’t compete with the likes of Manchester United overnight.
“We might have to put our own money in – we’ve done it before – but we hope we’re clever enough for the €30m bid.”
Top target Batshuayi is also coveted by the likes of Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur, with the Belgian the player the Irons are most keen on signing.
West Ham will play Manchester United in their final game at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday.