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West Ham chief admits concern at failed striker search

West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan admits the club is struggling to sign a new striker.

The Hammer have made no secret of their desire to land a big-name attacker in conjunction with their move into the Olympic Stadium this summer but have so far been unable to achieve success in there transfer endeavours.

The East London club were recently priced out of a move for AC Milan's Carlos Bacca and Liverpool's Christian Benteke, following failed bids for Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi, who ended up joining Chelsea for £33million, indicating that finding a quality yet affordable striker is a task in itself.

“The problem is every striker you go for there are 10 others clubs interested in him," Sullivan told the Daily Mail.

“So the player is just hanging about looking to get the best deal. I can't say I blame him.

“I would say to people if we don't bring anyone in it is not the end of the world as we were the fourth highest scorers in the Premier League last season – and we haven't lost a striker.

“In a perfect world I would like to think we will bring in a top class striker but we've all got limits on what we can pay."

Quizzed further on whether or not he was worried about the failed striker search, Sullivan said: “I am a little concerned because I'd like to have signed one by now. But it is what it is."

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