Report discloses staggering amount West Ham are prepared to spend on new striker

West Ham are pursuing a host of strikers ahead of the summer transfer window.

According to Sky Sports, West Ham United are prepared to fork out approximately £40m to sign a new striker at the end of the season.

The Hammers are currently challenging for a Champions League place, and sit just one point adrift of the top four after Saturday's 2-2 draw away at Chelsea.

Whether it's the Champions League or the Europa League for West Ham, manager Slaven Bilic appears to be on the verge of something special in East London, and the Hammers are set for their big move to the Olympic Stadium this summer as they continue to grow on and off the field.

With the big move on the horizon, West Ham may look to make a big signing to mark their switch to the Olympic Stadium, with a striker seemingly top of Bilic's wish list.

Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have all experienced injury problems this season, and West Ham may look to bring in a striker to score goals on a consistent basis, with Emmanuel Emenike only on loan until the end of the campaign.

Sky Sports report that West Ham are eyeing big-name strikers, and are targeting Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, Marseille's Michy Batshuayi and Liverpool flop Christian Benteke - with some huge figures being suggested.

The report claims that the Hammers are willing to fork out a staggering £40m to land a new striker, though that will surely include both a transfer fee and a salary package. That's huge money for West Ham, but with the new Premier League TV deal coming into effect this summer, money should be available for Bilic to spend - and if he can land the striking equivalent of star playmaker Dimitri Payet, West Ham will surely be one of the most dangerous teams in the Premier League next season.

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