Report gives update on West Ham's striker search; claims Jimenez deal agreed and Austin still on radar

Could West Ham United bring another two strikers to Upton Park before the transfer window closes?

The London Evening Standard has published a report relating to West Ham United’s ongoing striker search, and it makes for interesting reading for Hammers fans.

Enner Valencia was the latest West Ham forward to be struck down with injury recently, and although he has since confirmed on social media that he will not be requiring surgery, there is little doubt the club could do with some reinforcements up front.

Two potential targets are Atletico Madrid forward Raul Jimenez and Queens Park Rangers front-man Charlie Austin and the Standard has given an update regarding both players.

The report claims that Austin is still very much on West Ham’s radar but that the club are reluctant to pay the £15million asking price for a player who will be a free agent in just 12 months.

That said, Austin’s ability in front of goal is undeniable and after the 26-year-old scored 18 goals in 35 league games last season it may still be wise to bid what QPR want to ensure he does not move elsewhere.

As for Jimenez, the report claims a deal has been agreed to bring the 24-year-old Mexican international to Upton Park on a season-long loan deal, but that an announcement has been delayed due to issues securing the player’s work permit.

Jimenez has barely featured for Atletico, but he has scored 31 goals in 82 matches for CF America and as a short-term fix he would be a sensible option.

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