West Ham United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are expecting to see their side being linked with a host of new strikers from now until the close of the transfer window, following the news that Enner Valencia is likely to miss up to four months of the season with an injury sustained during a Europa League qualifier last week.
The latest replacement striker to be linked is Atletico Madrid’s Raul Jiminez, with the Telegraph claiming a move is dependent on whether the Mexican will be granted a work permit.
The 24-year-old is set to discover whether he will be granted one this week.
On Friday, a West Ham statement read: “Enner Valencia sustained what initially appears to be a significant injury to his right knee and right ankle during Thursday’s UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie with Astra Giurgiu.
“The Ecuador forward will see a specialist consultant at a clinic in central London on Monday morning and an update will be provided following that meeting.
“It is too early to put a timescale on how long Enner’s recovery and rehabilitation period may be.”
The Hammers have been linked with QPR forward Charlie Austin as well as Jiminez, with the Hammers poised to go into the new season with just Diafra Sakho and Modibo Maiga as their fit strikers.
A small group of Hammers fans here in the Tavern feel that a new striker is essential before the end of the transfer window, and feel Jiminez could turn out to be a shred addition for the club.