West Ham joint-chairman David Gold has hinted that the club’s search for a marquee striker this summer is over, highlighting record signing Andre Ayew as a real coup for the club.
Gold admitted to whufc.com that the Hammers wanted to sign a top scorer but he admitted that trying to sign a striker of such class is incredibly difficult:
“There are number of top clubs across Europe who are looking to sign a striker who can score over 20 top flight goals a season, but when it comes down to it there are probably only ten forwards who can do that and all the top Clubs are chasing them.
“We can still be very excited over the signings we have made and our fans should not forget that we have made a Club record signing and the arrival of Andre Ayew is a major coup for the football club.
“Slaven has shown that he wants players who can show versatility and Andre fits that bill.” Claimed Gold.
West Ham have tried to tie up a deal for a top class forward, with failed bids for Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi setting the tone for West Ham’s summer of struggle on the striker front.
Record signing Andre Ayew is a good move for the club and it looks as if the Ghanaian could be used as a striker if Andy Carroll cannot keep fit for the season.
Both players are in contention to start against Chelsea but it remains to be seen whether Slaven Bilic will opt for three central midfielders to nullify the attacking talent of Antonio Conte’s side. One thing is for sure, the Hammers squad is a lot stronger this season due to the new signings the board have brought to the club, regardless of the lack of a marquee striker.