West Ham have today dropped a huge hint about their hunt for a new striker before the summer transfer window closes.
Reports over the last couple of days have had us linked with the likes of Brentford’s Andre Gray, Benik Afobe of Wolves, QPR striker Charlie Austin, Spurs’ Emmanuel Adebayor and Man United hitman Javier Hernandez – all England-based players.
But the ‘The Boleyn Insider’ column on the club’s official website claims the club have recently placed four official bids for strikers, all of which are based overseas.
It reads: “No less than four bids have been lodged for forwards over the past 48 hours and, crucially, these are all for players currently based overseas.
“Some of the names have been in the press but others have not and they have been deliberately kept under the radar to avoid alerting rivals.
“The Club feel that the overseas market currently offers much better value for money than the UK, which is why the focus has switched to the continent.
“There is hope one of those approaches will bear fruit this week.”
We have also been heavily linked with Burak Yilmaz of Galatasaray in recent days, and those comments coming from the club may be directly linked with those reports.
However, what this does suggest is that the club are indeed not looking at the aforementioned players based in England, including Charlie Austin, who all the fans seem to be desperate for us to sign.
This has made things A LOT more interesting!
The Boleyn Insider column also admitted that the club are still in talks with Alex Song’s representatives about a potential move…
“The club’s interest in Alex Song continues and talks with the relevant representatives are progressing well so he provides a solid option if required,” it reads.
I reckon this one will go through at the very last minute.
A new goalkeeper?
And finally, the Boleyn Insider sheds some light on the current goalkeeper talk doing the rounds…
“There has also been a lot paper talk about a new goalkeeper joining the Club this weeK,” the update confirms.
“Any movement in that area would depend on the outcome of Tuesday’s appeal against Adrian’s red card against Leicester.
“Should that not be successful, the Club will reconsider its options in that area.”
So what do you think of the latest Boleyn Inside update from the club? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.