West Ham make “a statement of intent” with $34 million striker bid


West Ham made a surprise run at the Top Four for the majority of this season after flirting with the top end for the early part of 2014-15.

It’s easy to forget that, like Southampton, the Irons have emerged as a consistent threat ahead of next year’s big money move into the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Co-owner David Sullivan hasn’t forgotten any of that, and isn’t too surprised by the club’s success under Slaven Bilic. And the Hammers are ready to splash some cash, already making offers for top strikers to feast off Dimitri Payet‘s creative genius.

From Sky Sports:

“We put in a bid today for €30m (£23.7m) for a player and other bids will be going in. We are going to make a £20m or £25m bid for a player in England this week. So whatever happens, we’ll bring a top striker in.

“It’s a statement of intent. We’ll spend between £30m-£50m on transfers this summer. But you’ve got to build it up gradually. You can’t compete with the likes of Manchester United overnight.”

While the article doesn’t state who the Hammers are after, the club has been widely linked with Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi. The big Belgian seems destined to make a move away from France, but has been tipped to wind up at any number of big name locations since the January window opened and closed earlier this season.