Gold reveals Hammers’ transfer plans

West Ham co-chairman David Gold says the club are looking at bringing in two strikers, one of whom is thought to be Christian Benteke.

West Ham: Gold reveals Hammers' transfer plansWest Ham: Gold reveals Hammers' transfer plans

The Hammers want to mark their move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium by landing two top forwards and are set to splash the cash once the summer transfer window opens.

Liverpool forward Benteke has been on West Ham’s radar for some time and an offer for the Belgium international, who has struggled since making the move to Anfield from Aston Villa last year, appears forthcoming.

Benteke looks set to be joined by at least one other striker at the Olympic Stadium should he make the move, with Gold confirming the Hammers have already launched a £23.7million bid for a hitman currently in France.

Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi or Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette are believed to be the strikers in question, with Gold giving little away about the identity of the player who they have made an offer for.

“We are hopefully going to bring one or two top players in. The Olympic Stadium gives us about £12m extra revenue a year, but not £100m,” he told Sky Sports.

“We put in a bid today for 30m euros (£23.7m) for a player and other bids will be going in. We are going to make a £20m or £25m bid for a player in England this week. So whatever happens, we’ll bring a top striker in.

“It’s a statement of intent. We’ll spend between £30m-£50m on transfers this summer. But you’ve got to build it up gradually. You can’t compete with the likes of Manchester United overnight.

“We might have to put our own money in – we’ve done it before – but we hope we’re clever enough for the 30m euros bid.”

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