After a very successful first season in charge for Slaven Bilic, he will look to add more fire power to his squad next season in a hope to push on for Europe. The season started perfectly after they went to the Emirates Stadium and laid down a marker and certainly proved to the league they meant business. The Hammers narrowly missed out on the Champions League places by three points so we look at three players who could take them to the next level and who the press believe they could be signing.
1 – Alexandre Lacazette
According to Sky Sports West Ham United have had a £31million bid for Lacazette rejected by the Ligue 1 side. The Hammers are keen to add to their attacking options this summer and it has been reported Lacazette is one of their main targets this summer.
The 24-year old striker, who has been linked with Newcastle United and Arsenal in the past, has had another prolific season in France this season scoring 21 goals, his goalscoring record hasn’t gone unnoticed and he is attracting interest from clubs in Europe including French giants PSG.
Andy Carroll has been one of West Ham’s main strikers this season has been in good form in recent months. He has scored important goals for The Hammers and arguably had his best game this season at home to Arsenal scoring a hat trick and earning his team a draw. Carroll has scored 0.56 goals per 90 minutes which is just behind Lacazette 0.64. Carroll’s aerial dominance has caused mayhem for defences this season and it has helped his team not just score goals. He has 0.12 assists which is just in front of Lacazette’s 0.09. There is no doubt about Lacazette’s talent, hence the fact so many teams are after him, proving himself as a prolific striker is one thing, but he is also a team player and has created 1.31 chances, Carroll is just behind on 1.25 but does come out on top with total attack score, he is marginally ahead of Lacazette with 29.33 with the latter 29.10.
West Ham will have to pay a very high fee to secure the French international though, he only signed a new four-year contract with Lyon in August.