Is the cat out of the bag on West Ham's 'secret signing' as Real Madrid link emerges

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Internet forums have been abuzz with speculation of a mysterious secret signing being worked on by West Ham United, but is the cat out of the bag?

West Ham co chairmans David Sullivan and David Gold before the matchWest Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold before the match

The Hammers have been linked with a host of top strikers this summer ever since co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan pledged to bring in a marquee signing for as much as £30million back in May, as reported by West Ham's official website.

The East Londoners have already missed out on Dutch star Vincent Janssen after he opted to join Spurs which came off the back of the club's failure to sign Alexandre Lacazette despite having a record £31 million bid accepted.

Interest in Marseille's Michy Batshuayi proved fruitless after he secured a move to London rivals Chelsea while there were also rumours about interest in Bournemouth's Callum Wilson, Juventus and Italy forward Simone Zaza and Liverpool's Christian Benteke to name but a few.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesCarlos Bacca

Bacca is latest striker target

Since then Bilic is believed to have turned his attentions back to AC Milan's Colombian star striker Carlos Bacca but that deal is also in limbo.

With the big move to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium on the horizon in the coming month speculation has been rife about new additions to Slaven Bilic's squad.

Internet forums and social media has been abuzz with transfer gossip since an account claiming to be in the know at the Hammers said the club has been working on a huge 'secret signing' in the background.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Colombia at ParaguayReal Madrid's James Rodriguez captaining Colombia in the Copa America

Is the cat out of the bag on 'secret signing'?

But is the cat now out of the bag after the club was somewhat surprisingly linked with a huge bid for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez by respected Spanish outlet Marca.

Whether or not former Monaco forward Rodriguez is the secret signing, it has certainly come from left field.

Marca reports that any club which matches the Colombian star's £67 million price tag would get the chance to speak to the player who is interested in a move to the Premier League having dropped down the Los Blancos pecking order.

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez in action with Atletico Madrid's Jesus GamezReal Madrid's James Rodriguez in action

Cash rich Hammers could afford it

West Ham would be obliterating their record fee of £19 million for Andy Carroll if they did.

The record TV deal, increased revenue from having 52,000 season ticket holders - second only to Manchester United - money from the £10m sale of James Tomkins to Crystal Palace and potentially another £20-25m to come from the prospective sales of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho mean West Ham are cash rich this summer.

Whether they would blow most of that budget on one player - albeit an outstanding world class one - remains to be seen.

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