West Ham co-chairman David Gold admits his side are looking for a new striker before the close of the transfer window, according to quotes published by Sky Sports.
The club recorded an inspired 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, but this result has done little to quash the West Ham co-owner's ongoing concerns.
After Enner Valencia was ruled out for 12 weeks with a leg injury, and with Andy Carroll missing until September at the earliest following knee surgery, Gold fully expects manager Slaven Bilic to move in the transfer market for a new centre-forward.
“We are looking for a striker, that is our key,” Gold told Sky Sports. “We've been very unfortunate in losing Enner Valencia.
“We already believed that we needed a striker because of Andy Carroll not rejoining the squad until probably September. So we already needed a centre-forward and then losing Valencia, it becomes more of an issue.
“So before the window closes, we really must find another centre-forward.”
Manchester United's Javier Hernandez is the player most recently linked with the Hammers, by the Independent, while Liverpool's Fabio Borini continues to be included in speculation, according to the Liverpool Echo.
In the meantime, the Hammers will have to push on with Diafra Sakho, Mauro Zarate and Modibo Maiga, who all featured against the Gunners during the Premier League opening weekend.
The club welcome Leicester City to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, as Bilic and co look to build on their previous away day success.