West Ham United have already set their sights on strikers they can attract to the London Stadium in the summer and ‘put together a list’ of targets, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Hammers failed to welcome any fresh faces to east London during the window window, which closed at the end of January, but it appears boss David Moyes is keen to bolster his squad with reinforcements ahead of next season getting underway.
Who have West Ham been linked with ahead of the summer?
According to the Evening Standard, West Ham could return to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon as they look to lure Darwin Nunez away from Benfica.
The report suggests welcoming a frontman to the London Stadium remains a priority for Moyes as he looks to take West Ham to the next level.
Nunez was the subject of a club-record £60million bid on deadline day of the January window, but the proposal was rejected and it is understood that the 22-year-old would prefer a move to a club competing in the Champions League.
It appears West Ham will face competition from two Premier League rivals as Portuguese media outlet Record have claimed Arsenal and Newcastle United are also tracking Nunez.
Spanish sources, via The Sun, have revealed Armando Broja – who is on loan with Southampton from Chelsea – is also on Moyes’ radar, while Blackburn Rovers’ Ben Brereton Diaz has also been of interest.
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What has Dean Jones said about the situation?
Jones understands West Ham have not already entered negotiations over potential reinforcements ahead of the summer window opening for business.
However, the transfer insider believes Moyes has compiled a list of targets and the Scotsman’s shortlist has not altered significantly since shortly after the turn of the year.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “They’re not really moving forward with anything at the moment. Everything’s on hold.
“They’ve got a list they’ve put together and most of the list is similar to January.”
What are West Ham’s current striker options?
It should come as no surprise that Moyes is hopeful of welcoming prolific frontmen to West Ham as Michail Antonio remains the club’s only senior striker.
However, Antonio has performed admirably in the absence of stiff competition as he became the east Londoners’ top Premier League goalscorer of all-time thanks to a brace against Leicester City earlier this season.
He has found the back of the net 58 times in the claret and blue of West Ham, but alternative options would result in there being less of a burden on Antonio’s shoulders.