The Hammers legend revealed he was hoping the Hammers would get a deal done for a new striker but admitted he was impressed with the business they had conducted so far.
Cottee stated he thought the Hammers weren’t far off completing their squad and complimented how quickly they had gone about doing their business the right way.
“Credit to the club, they’re trying to do things the right way,” said Cottee in an interview with West Ham’s official website.
“We’ve brought in three players already and I don’t think we need loads and loads.
“We’re not far away from getting our squad in a position [where we need to be]. We probably need another forward in my opinion, so hopefully we’ll get that done.
“Let’s get the players in, get them ready for pre-season in Switzerland and China – get to know your teammates and get them all ready and geared up for that first game.”
It’s hard not to agree with Cottee, as the Hammers look a little light up front as it stands. The club have waved goodbye to Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll is set to leave at the end of the month when his contract expires, so that shows how a new forward needs to walk through the door. This is especially the case when you consider current options Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez have been linked with exits. Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio reported via his website that the Hammers would let Arnautovic leave with Inter Milan keen on his services, while Football Insider claimed Hernandez had been told to find another club. When you consider that Arnautovic was the Hammers’ top-scorer with 11 goals in his 2018/19 campaign, and Hernandez finished third in the club’s scoring charts with eight goals; a prolific option needs to arrive. Luckily for Cottee and the Hammers, the Evening Standard claimed the club were still pursuing Celta Vigo Maxi Gomez and he would be a good signing if they got a deal done. After all the 22-year-old was involved in an impressive 33% of Celta Vigo’s league goal (Source: Transfermarkt) in the latest campaign as he scored 13 goals while assisting five in his 35 La Liga appearances.