What players have been linked as forward signings for West Ham?
FootyOn look at five potential forward signings for West Ham United, as England goalkeeper Joe Hart nears a season-long loan deal.
The Hammers look to have got one end of the pitch sorted with an announcement that Manchester City outcast stopper Hart will join them for this season expected shortly.
Slaven Bilic’s boys struggled for striking options last term and disappointed as a result.
Attacking reinforcements are understood to be the next priority.
Hammers target man Andy Carroll struggles to stay fit for a whole season, while loan signings Jonathan Calleri and Gokhan Tore flopped.
Ecuador forward Enner Valencia has been sold after spending last term on loan at Everton, meanwhile.
Diafra Sakho had injury problems, as did fellow African attacker Andre Ayew during 2016/17.
In light of all this, here are five possible forward signings for West Ham this summer and they all have Premier League connections…
We start with the obvious target in Stoke City’s Austria international Arnautovic.
The Hammers have already bid for the ex-Inter Milan and Werder Bremen winger.
Arnautovic handed in a transfer request to the Potters, so this is one deal we may see done.
Since arriving in England, Arnautovic has scored 26 goals in all competitions and made 32 assists in 145 Stoke appearances.
Arsenal breaking their transfer record for compatriot Alexandre Lacazette isn’t good for Giroud’s prospects of game time.
He still managed to make an impact off the Gunners bench last season when Arsene Wenger put Alexis Sanchez up front.
There’s also England duo Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck on the books at the Emirates.
Giroud is two away from 100 competitive Arsenal goals and has double figures in the Premier League for each of the five seasons he’s played in the English top-flight.
That is the kind of proven performer the Hammers need and a cross-capital switch looks overpriced at 25/1 with Sky Bet.
Burnley stayed up in the Premier League last term and have had a productive summer so far in the transfer window.
Although Sean Dyche sold star defender Michael Keane to Everton, he has beaten West Bromwich Albion to the signing of left back Charlie Taylor and also added forward Jon Walters and midfielder Jack Cork to his Turf Moor squad.
Clarets frontman Andre Gray scored 10 goals last term and has played in London before with Brentford.
With better service and link-up from the likes of Ayew, he could easily kick on and be more prolific.
Like Hart, Ivory Coast striker Bony is a Man City misfit and spent last season on loan playing alongside Arnautovic at Stoke.
The former Swansea City frontman may need to leave the Etihad for good in order to reignite his career.
His old club are rumoured to be interested in a return, but the Hammers are more high-profile.
Bony bagged 17 Premier League goals in his maiden season in England, so given regular football he is proved.
Mexico’s all-time top scorer Hernandez, or Chicharito to his friends, used to play for Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho has bemoaned predecessor Louis van Gaal selling this proven Premier League poacher to Bayer Leverkusen before.
The Red Devils’ loss could be the Hammers’ gain, however, as there is rumoured interest from Bilic and the hierarchy in Hernandez
A return of 37 goals in 103 Premier League games is an average of better than one in three.
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