David Sullivan has confirmed that West Ham will sign a £30million striker this summer, as part of their summer spending.
Alexandre Lacazette was the clubs number one target, but he looks set to turn down a move to West Ham after a £31million West Ham bid was rejected. Lyon want £40million to part with their main forward, but it is now understood that the player is not keen to move to Slaven Bilic’s side.
West Ham have an interest in several strikers and their top target now appears to be Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian international is set to resolve his future after the European Championships is over, although like Lacazette, he has clubs with Champions League status interested, and that makes it hard for West Ham to compete, despite the money they have.
West Ham have new found wealth thanks to their inheriting of the Olympic Stadium. The new stadium gives the club more revenue and the club plans to use this on new signings to strengthen the team and take them into that elusive ‘top 4’.
According to The Mirror, West Ham will continue to try for even more ambitious signings with moves for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jamie Vardy mooted. Both of these signings seem incredibly realistic, but after signing Carlos Tevez in 2006 as relegation strugglers, you would be foolish to complete write anything off when it comes to West Ham.
Sullivan told West Ham’s official website: “We have done well with our signings and we hope we can sign a few more this summer who will do equally as well or better.
“We know that we need a top striker which is the hardest thing to sign. We need a 20-goal-a-season striker and that will cost us £25m or £30million. That is where the bulk of the money goes.
“We also need the occasional long shot which is the cheaper player that may come good. We want to sign more players.
“There might be a few fringe players who we will let go and use that to bring in two or three more players.
“We have already signed one player for next season and there will be other signings. I would think that four, five or six players will come in this summer depending on how many go and hopefully we do just as well or even better next season.”
Sound good West Ham fans? It really does seem as if West Ham and Sullivan mean business this season. They appear extremely keen to add significant quality to their team and it looks as if they wouldn’t worry about spending at least £50million this summer, with most of that money going towards a top striker, something the club desperately lacks at the moment.
Batyshuayi may, at this stage, be the most realistic signing. The 22-year-old has scored 17 Ligue 1 goals this season and has confirmed he will join a new club after Euro 2016.