West Ham’s striking ranks are looking rather depleted now.

Record signing Andre Ayew is out for four months and the latest chapter in the long story of Andy Carroll’s fitness concerns centres around a six-week lay-off, which has left Slaven Bilic scratching his head.

Just a few weeks ago the Croatian appeared to have a decent attacking set-up at his disposal, but now he’s facing using Enner Valencia as his main centre-forward or relying on Jonathan Calleri – who missed a worrying one-on-one against Bournemouth on Sunday.

Alas, the transfer window remains open, and as long as there’s a chance, there is the possibility that another striker will be signed. Indeed reports claim that Manchester City outcast Wilfried Bony is wanted, but there’s a catch… he’d only be a Hammer until January.

It’s understood that the Ivorian has already agreed to move to the cash-rich Chinese Super League during their winter off-season, leaving him available for just half of the campaign.

Although this could be perceived as a blow in east London, we think the situation is actually ideal…