Sam Allardyce is looking to bolster his West Ham squad in preparation for their first season back in the Premiership by signing a striker, judging by reports in the DailyMail.
The London club already has arguably a Premiership quality squad with the likes of Rob Green in goal, Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble and play-off goalscorers Carlton Cole and Richardo Vaz Te. The club went all out to try to ensure promotion at the first attempt, which was reflected in the club’s wage bill of a reported £33m.
The Hammer’s had a good season and was one of three clubs, along with Southampton and Reading, that were a different class to the rest of the Championship. Unfortunately for Hammer’s fans the club missed out on automatic promotion and had to secure their top flight football this season via the lottery of the playoffs. To be fair this was done comparatively comfortably.
It seems that Allardyce is not resting on his laurels with reports of the West Ham boss tracking two possible transfers, both being strikers. After the release of John Carew and Sam Baldock failing to find the net after his first six appearances it seems Big Sam is looking to increase his attacking options.
The first striker Allardyce is tracking is Dutch scoring sensation Bas Dost. According to The Mail the West Ham boss has made a £7m bid. The 22 year old topped the Dutch goal charts with an incredible 32 goals in 34 league games for Heerenveen.
The second striker being pursued according to another Mail article is £6m rated Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez, who scored 21 goals in all competitions last season. West Ham will have competition from Cardiff and Southampton for his signature according to the piece.
It is not all striker news from Upton Park however. Big Sam is also looking to sign left-back George McCartney permanently after a successful season on-loan from Sunderland.
All these rumours will be good news for supporters worried the club may become complacent since gaining promotion. With many newly promoted clubs yo-yoing between the Championship and Premiership it seems the claret and blue side are willing to invest now to establish themselves as a Premier League club beyond next season.