Report names five players on West Ham's attacking wishlist; should fans be excited?

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring their second goal

West Ham United are prioritising attacking reinforcements this summer.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring their second goalArsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is just one name on a wish list of attackers for West Ham United this summer.

The Hammers snapped up three strikers last summer by landing Ashley Fletcher, Jonathan Calleri and Simone Zaza, but manager Slaven Bilic wasn't able to get much out of those three additions.

Add in that wingers Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli and Robert Snodgrass also struggled over the course of the season, and it's clear that the Hammers must spend considerably to boost their attacking options this summer.

Sky Sports now claim that West Ham have five prime targets in mind to boost their goal return, and fans really should be excited about the players believed to be in Bilic's sights.

Arsenal hitman Giroud has had his critics since joining the club, but the 30-year-old did manage 16 goals in all competitions last season, and the France international would give Bilic another direct threat in attack given Andy Carroll's injury problems. With double figures in goals in each of his five Premier League seasons, Giroud could thrive with consistent playing time at West Ham.

Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi celebrates with the trophy after winning the Premier LeagueChelsea's Michy Batshuayi celebrates with the trophy after winning the Premier League

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi and Manchester City talent Kelechi Iheanacho are both believed to be West Ham targets, and both have similar profiles; young, talented goalscorers who simply haven't been given enough playing time with huge Premier League clubs, but could show off their goalscoring prowess with moves to West Ham.

It's not just strikers on Bilic's mind though, with wingers also wanted. Both Adama Traore of Middlesbrough and Eupen's Henry Onyekuru possess blistering pace, but Onyekuru may be the more exciting choice here. The Nigerian, 20, smashed 24 goals for Eupen last season, and has the added bonus of being able to play out wide and up front as a versatile attacking threat.

Middlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell and Pedro ObiangMiddlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell and Pedro Obiang

Traore can be exciting with the ball at his feet due to his incredible combination of speed and dribbling ability, but his end product has often been lacking, with little sign of him improving that aspect of his game, so Bilic should approach with caution regarding the Spaniard.

After gambles on Zaza, Calleri and Tore, this is more like it for West Ham fans. A proven Premier League striker in Giroud, talented young Premier League players with a point to prove in Batshuayi and Iheanacho, and an up-and-coming talent coming off a great season in Onyekuru.

Traore aside, who would be another gamble, this is a wish list that should give Hammers fans hope that this summer will be different than the last – but the onus is now on Bilic, David Gold and David Sullivan to get deals done.

Are you excited by West Ham's top five attacking targets?

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