Harry Redknapp predicts worrying outcome for West Ham without a new striker

The former West Ham boss feels the club can't rely on their current options.

Former West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp says the east London side could be in the relegation zone by the the time Andy Carroll and Mauro Zarate return to fitness, according to his regular column in the London Evening Standard.

That's if the Irons don't sign a new striker.

Indeed, Redknapp has warned that relying on the fitness of the injured pair simply won't be enough for Slaven Bilic's men. And, along with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, the pundit believes West Ham are in desperate need of a new forward.

He told the Standard: "Spurs need a striker and West Brom know that so there is a lot of bluffing going on there. Arsenal need to get Danny Welbeck fit and then their search for a striker isn’t so desperate."

On the Hammers, however, he added: "West Ham can’t afford to wait for Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia because they could be in the relegation zone by then."

David Gold suggested on Thursday evening that he expects new signings to arrive at Upton Park. The Hammers co-owner did not specify whether those new arrivals would include a striker, however, preferring to concentrate on the fitness of Carroll and Zarate.

As Redknapp's warning suggests, though, West Ham fans will no doubt hope the hidden message there isn't that the club won't be bringing a new forward in.

It should be an intriguing Deadline Day indeed for the east London side - and one during which the owners simply have to deliver.

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