West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed the east London club are targeting a £30m ($43.8m) striker this summer. He revealed the Hammers are prepared to spend big money in order to secure the services of a consistent goalscorer.
Sullivan said West Ham would hope to have a deal in place before they move into the Olympic Stadium, their new home from the start of next season. The club have already had bids for Alexandre Lacazette and Callum Wilson rejected, while they have also agreed a deal for Norway international Håvard Nordtveit.
"We have done well with our signings and we hope we can sign a few more this summer who will do equally as well or better," Sullivan told West Ham's official website. "We know that we need a top striker which is the hardest thing to sign. We need a 20-goal-a-season striker and that will cost us £25m or £30m. That is where the bulk of the money goes.
"We also need the occasional long shot which is the cheaper player that may come good. We want to sign more players."
Sullivan also admitted West Ham may need to let some players go this summer, although he refused to name any names. "There might be a few fringe players who we will let go and use that to bring in two or three more players," Sullivan said of West Ham's transfer plans.
"We have already signed one player for next season and there will be other signings. I would think that four, five or six players will come in this summer depending on how many go and hopefully we do just as well or even better next season."