Gold admits West Ham require new striker, talks 'ongoing' over Alex Song deal

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David Gold claims West Ham know they need a new striker.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has told Sky Sports that West Ham are looking for a new striker, with Enner Valencia's injury looking bad.

Gold has sanctioned a number of transfers this summer, with the likes of Darren Randolph, Stephen Hendrie, Carl Jenkinson, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang, Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet all arriving for the final season at Upton Park before the move to the Olympic Stadium next summer.

One position which has been neglected so far is centre forward, with goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders snapped up so far - but that situation could change soon.

An injury to Ecuadorian forward Valencia during Thursday's 2-2 Europa League draw with Astra Giurgiu has left manager Slaven Bilic slightly short of options in attack, especially with Andy Carroll still on the sidelines.

Now, speaking to Sky Sports, Gold has admitted that his side need to bring in a striker - and suggested that the Hammers are 'doing everything' they can to sign one ahead of the opening game of the season against Arsenal next weekend.

"We’ve lost (Enner) Valencia for the beginning of the season. We were already believing that we required another striker in the squad and we’ll be doing everything in our power to bring in the best players we can," said Gold. "We’re still waiting to hear definitively, but I have to say it doesn’t look great."

Gold also added that negotiations over a move to bring midfielder Alex Song back to Upton Park are 'ongoing', with the Barcelona outcast enjoying a season-long loan deal with the Hammers last term.

"We enjoyed Alex Song’s contribution last season but these things are ongoing. We’re not panicking, we’re not going to do poor deals. We’re going to do sensible deals. By the time we kick-off, we should be in good shape," he added.

A striker is West Ham's biggest priority right now, with Diafra Sakho needing help up top despite his impressing debut campaign last season.

Somebody like Charlie Austin, who proved his Premier League credentials last season with QPR would be a superb signing for West Ham, whilst bringing Song back to East London would also be an impressive move to help solidify West Ham's midfield.

Signing those two players would make the West Ham squad very strong, and give Bilic a chance of a top eight finish in his debut season in charge.

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