Sullivan: Bids in for strikers

  • Last Updated: August 7 2014, 21:12 BST

West Ham United joint-chairman David Sullivan has revealed that the club has tabled bids for three strikers.

David Sullivan: West Ham owner wants to sign at least one more striker
David Sullivan: West Ham owner wants to sign at least one more striker

With Andy Carroll sidelined for four months due to an ankle injury, Sullivan is looking to bring in another striker to provide manager Sam Allardyce with more options.

The Hammers have already made six signings this window, but are looking to further add to their squad.

Sullivan told the club's website: "We've got offers in for three or four strikers - one in England, three abroad - and we just hope to land one of them. We do need to sign another player.

"We've got offers in for three or four strikers - one in England, three abroad - and we just hope to land one of them. We do need to sign another player."
David Sullivan

"We have worked 24/7 all summer and we still want to get at least one more striker in. It's been very, very tough but we're pleased with what we've got - there are players with massive potential for the future but we know there isn't enough goals in the team at the moment."

West Ham are looking to bring in one more striker to join Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate in supplementing the Hammers' frontline for the new season - but Sullivan believes both players will have a positive impact.

"The player we've spent the most money on, Enner Valencia, is our big summer signing and he is about two or three weeks away from being able to play, because he was at the World Cup," he added.

"He's now in full training but I think the earliest he'll play is in the Capital One Cup match, so it'll be exciting for people to see him make his debut in that match.

"We were looking at Enner from before the World Cup, when Ecuador played Australia at Crystal Palace and he was the leading goalscorer in Mexico.

"Goalscorers are goalscorers and his goals per game for Ecuador since he's been playing centre forward is very high. He scored more goals at the World Cup than the England football team, he was in the top ten goalscorers of the tournament, even though his team got eliminated at the second stage, so he's a player with potential.

"He might be in the top five scorers in the Premier League next season, he might take time to adjust, you just don't know with foreign players, but potentially he's a top, top player.

"If Zarate gets the supply he will score goals. He probably needs to play off a big centre forward but at least we now have a plan B. If we're losing in a game we have someone who can go on and change things."

Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed a dream to play for the Hammers in the former Olympic Stadium fuelled his desire to sign for the club.

The £12million Ecuador international, who scored all three goals for his country in the World Cup finals, has envisaged playing European football at the now re-named Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Speaking at the ground which will become West Ham's home in two years, Valencia said: "Being so close to the stadium I just want to go inside and start playing.

"I saw the Olympics on television, but I never dreamed of standing here. I'm looking forward to playing in this great stadium.

"It played a big part in me coming to West Ham. It would be fantastic (to be in Europe) and a dream come true.

"Hopefully we can make it happen in a couple of years."

Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed he may yet be fit for the opening game of the season at home to Spurs on August 16, despite suggestions he is not up to scratch after his World Cup exploits.

Speaking to the club's official website, Valencia added: "I'm training normally at the moment.

"I'm training very hard and trying to get match fit. I could be okay for the first or second game. I'm not quite sure yet, that's up to the manager."