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Slaven Bilic posts update on striker search

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Croat updates West Ham fans on the club's pursuit of a striker.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Speaking to the club's official website, West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has reiterated that he is hoping to sign a striker this summer, but stressed that he was not desperate.

West Ham have been linked with plenty of strikers this summer, from Michy Batshuayi - who has since joined Chelsea - to Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette, for whom they saw a £30 million bid rejected earlier in the transfer window (Goal).

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Bilic's options at the moment extend to just Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, with the Senegalese expected to leave the East London club this summer.

It seems certain that they will add a centre-forward, but the Croatian boss, who impressed hugely in his first season in charge last term, suggests that he will only sign a "top" one.

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“We are hoping but we are not desperate," he told West Ham's official website.

"With strikers, we have said from the last season finished that it’s not a secret that we want a top one, but we are not so desperate or panic or rush because we have really good strikers. If we could get one top striker, he would add to those we have already."

West Ham could run into competition from Arsenal for Lacazette, with the Gunners also keen to sign the 25-year-old according to ESPN.

It does seem important that they get one. Carroll and Sakho - if he stays - are not prolific enough to fire the Irons to a new plateau in English football and if they are to mount another bid for Champions League qualification then a heavy goalscorer must be signed.

Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West HamDiafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West Ham

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