Slaven Bilic has confirmed West Ham are close to wrapping up the signing of Juventus striker Simone Zaza.
The Italy international is closing in on a £24million move from Juventus as boss Bilic attempts to add to his threadbare attack.
The Hammers have lost Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll to injury and were also without chief creators Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini as they crashed out of the Europa League to Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night.
But Zaza, 25, could hand West Ham a welcome boost ahead of Sunday’s trip to early Premier League pacesetters Manchester City.
“I don’t know the details, but we were in talks and it was quite close,” said Bilic. “I would love it to happen.”
Meanwhile, Prior to Thursday’s game, the Hammers paraded 20-year-old Swiss midfielder Edimilson Fernandes, who has joined from FC Sion.
“He’s a good player who we have been watching for a whole year now,” added Bilic.
“He’s a very young, good midfielder. He’s not only for the future, but we are not expecting him to come in now and change the game for us. We bought him to be part of the squad.
“He has good pace, good legs, good physique, good skill and a great mentality. He’s a good signing for us.”