Memphis Depay is the latest name linked to West Ham with the London club and Liverpool interested despite the Dutchman’s poor first season with Manchester Utd.
The Red Devils paid £25million to prise the international from PSV Eindhoven but he has struggled to maintain a challenge for a first team slot and scored only twice.
The Irons’ keenness to sign a striker means that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is off the radar. The winger was offered by Arsenal but West Ham are looking for a big name frontman – and their search has included Marseille marksman Michy Batshuayi, who has scored 19 goals this season, as well as out-of-favour Liverpool predator Christian Benteke, a previous target.
There are reportedly big funds available to strengthen the squad for is debut in the Olympic Stadium. But while strikers are a medium-term goal, the defence is the immediate concern.
Talks that promising defender Aaron Cresswell is looking for the exit door were played down by manager Slaven Bilic at his press conference on Thursday (April 28). Liverpool and Manchester City are reportedly interested in the 26-year-old who has four years left on his contract.
Bilic said: “Aaron Cresswell is having a great season. He was Hammer of the Year last year, he’s a great professional and he’s always available. He’s great.
“He had a great season last season, on the ball and with his crossing and technique. He is almost a playmaker from defence.
“Aaron improved defensively and is almost a complete player now. He naturally became of interest to so many good clubs.
“I spoke to him. First, he is under contract and second, and more importantly, he is really happy here and can’t wait for the future.”
Last time out (April 17) he scored a great goal to give West Ham the lead, briefly, against Leicester and such prowess would be welcome on Saturday when the east London club take on dour West Brom , who killed off Spurs’ realistic chances of the Premier League title with a grinding draw at White Hart Lane on Monday.
West Ham need a win over the Baggies on Saturday to maintain their quest for European football but Tony Pulis’s sides are always tricky to wear down.
Bilic said: “West Brom are not on the beach. They are playing for pride, for their fans, for themselves.
“Make no mistake, especially with Tony Pulis in charge and the English mentality, we are expecting they will play at their maximum.
“They scored 44-45% of their goals from the set pieces and they have a lot of clean sheets and energy in transition.
“They get four players in the box and deliver quality. They are a good team and of course they are safe. They’ve never been in trouble.”