Kieron Dyer insists West Ham United should look abroad to bring in a top-class striker

Kieron Dyer - West Ham United

The former Hammers midfielder believes the club would be best served by looking to unearth a gem from a foreign league.

Kieron Dyer - West Ham United

Former West Ham United midfielder Kieron Dyer has told the Daily Express that the club should look to unearth and unknown gem of a striker from abroad rather than paying a premium for a Premier League forward.

The Hammers enjoyed a generally successful season, leading a charge for a European spot and ultimately qualifying for the preliminary stages of the Europa League with a seventh-placed finish.

Much of that success was built on the superb individual season of PFA Player of the Year nominee Dimitri Payet, who racked up 12 goals and 12 assists after joining from Marseille in a deal worth around £11 million.

With that tally of 12, Payet was the Irons' top goalscorer as their highest-scoring striker, Andy Carroll, netted just nine times, with Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia hit just nine league goals between them.

Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

Dyer believes that shows that the club desperately need to bring in a striker capable of scoring 25 goals next season if they are to kick on further in their first year at the Olympic Stadium.

However, although the club have been linked with several strikers from England, the former England midfielder insists that they would be better off trying to replicate the signing of Payet by looking to unearth a hidden gem from abroad.

Dyer told the Express: "You need someone who’s going to get that 25 goals a season. I don’t think West Ham had that last year and look how well they did. Andy Carroll’s had his injury problems, but I don’t think he is a 25 goals-a-season striker.

Kieron Dyer - West Ham United substitute

"The problem is you do have to pay top whack for a striker. They’ve unearthed a gem in Payet, but if you want to go out and buy a proven English Premier League scorer like a Harry Kane or [Daniel] Sturridge who score goals for fun then they’re going to have to pay some serious dough for that.

"So maybe finding another gem from abroad with a lower transfer fee [would be better]. They have a terrific scouting system with purchases they’ve made in the last year or two have been fantastic, so they’ll find someone."

The Hammers' summer recruitment drive is already well under way, and they have already brought in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit and teenage Valencia striker Toni Martinez.

However, the final piece of the jigsaw for the ambitious London club is surely a proven, prolific, and consistent striker who will thrive off the service of player such as Payet, Manuel Lanzini, and Michail Antonio.

West Ham's Andy Carroll scores their first goal

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