Record signing Andy Carroll is currently out injured and that has left Sam Allardyce short of options up front.
West Ham co-owner David Gold has admitted that the club need to buy another striker before the transfer window ends but manager Sam Allardyce will need to sell some players before they can buy, Goal.com reports.
The Hammers record signing Andy Carroll is currently out with a heel injury, leaving only Ricardo Vaz Te and Modibo Maiga as the only two recognised strikers available to manager Sam Allardyce.
Gold recognises the problems that Allardyce could face while Carroll is injured but says the club can’t consider buying a new front man until some players are sold.
“I think it’s clear that we are still short of a striker,” the club’s co-owner Gold told Sky Sports.
“David Sullivan agrees with that, Sam agrees with that, but until we release those wages by players leaving, there is little we can do”.
West Ham have been linked with several strikers this summer, including Chelsea front-man Demba Ba.
Ba looks certain to leave Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes and Allardyce is thought to be interested in bringing the former Newcastle man to Upton Park.
Allardyce may have to try and sign Ba on a season long loan if he can’t raise the funds to buy the player.