West Ham Look to Sign Another Striker

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Upton Park side hope to bring in further attacking reinforcements.

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West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has revealed the Hammers still want to recruit another striker despite signing Andy Carroll for a club-record fee reports the London Evening Standard.

Carroll, 24, arrived at Upton Park in a record breaking deal worth around £19 million after a successful initial year on-loan at the east London side.

But manager Sam Allardyce remains short of attacking options after the club released Carlton Cole while loan strikers Wellington and Marouane Chamakh returned to their respective clubs.

The potential move for Colombian striker Duvan Zapata fell through due to work permit problems but Sullivan, who took part in a question and answer session on Twitter, confirmed that his priority was to sign a new forward.

Sullivan was quizzed by fans about possible transfer options for manager Sam Allardyce and rather than a new full-back or bringing Scott Parker back, the 62-year-old stated he wanted a new frontman.

“We need goal scorers not defenders,” he said when asked about defensive targets, before replying to the possibility of Parker returning to Upton Park by saying: “We have to focus wages on strikers due to wage cap but would love Scott back if there was room.”

When asked if he had any other targets, Sullivan repeated his position by replying: “We are happy with the rest of the team all we need now is pace and goals.”

With Carroll set to miss the start of the new season with a foot injury and only Modibo Maiga as backup, another forward will be a prerequisite for Allardyce’s side if they are push to on and improve on last season’s 10th place finish.

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