West Ham co-owner David Gold gives transfer update and says club is targeting two key deals

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West Ham United co-owner David Gold has given an update on the club's transfer activity and revealed two key deals are being targeted before the deadline.

The transfer window slams shut on Tuesday, September 1, at 6pm  - a day later than usual as the Monday is a Bank Holiday and the window has to close on a working day.

The Hammers have been busy reshaping their squad this summer after the departure of Sam Allardyce and the appointment of his replacement, Slaven Bilic.

Speculation has intensified in recent weeks over who the Hammers may or may not be signing.

Two key deals and one could see return of familiar face

And Gold has been speaking to West Ham's official website to give an update to supporters, including the possible return of a familiar face from Barcelona.

"The media speculation and questions all seem to come back to who we will be bringing in up front," Gold told whufc.com.

"Elsewhere in the squad, if you saw Pedro Obiang against Leicester you can see we have some real legs in midfield and what with Dimitri Payet, who is a proper player, along with Mark Noble, Cheik Kouyate and Kevin Nolan we are well equipped in that area.

"You will always want more and you are never satisfied but for me if we bring in one more midfielder like an Alex Song and a striker then we would be well set."

Busy summer, but still work to do

Gold went on to add that the negotiations to bring in those new players will 'enter their final stages over the coming week'.

The east Londoners have brought in eight players so far, although realistically only three of those are an improvement on the first team in Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang.

The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room for West Ham is the striking department. It was an area of the team which desperately needed strengthening this summer anyway after the release of Carlton Cole.

But the situation is even more acute now that Enner Valencia has been ruled out for three months and Andy Carroll will not be back until at least next month.

Even Mauro Zarate, who has enjoyed something of a resurgence at the club after being frozen out last season, has picked up a hamstring injury to leave Bilic with just Diafra Sakho up front and outcast Modibo Maiga as back-up.

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