Boleyn Insider

The Club have certainly been busy in the transfer market this summer bringing in six new signings and my understanding is that another international player should be joining in the next 24 hours.

With Stewart Downing leaving the Hammers for Middlesbrough last week, I have been told that Slaven Bilic is keen to strengthen the midfield area.

Big things are expected from new signing Dimitri Payet who marked an impressive debut against Southend last Saturday with two goals and an assist.

But it seems clear that Bilic wants competition for places throughout the squad and my sources have indicated that an exciting new player should be unveiled in the near future.

I understand that the player has arrived in England and will now undergo the necessary procedures before hopefully putting pen to paper on a season-long loan.

The Club have once again been linked with a number of strikers over the weekend and with reports suggesting that Andy Carroll could be ruled out until October, the priority appears to be bringing another forward into the squad.

I have been told that a proven striker still remains one of the top priorities before the new Premier League season gets underway.

The Club have been linked with three big name forwards in the UK, but I believe they are keeping all their options open and would consider looking overseas if they can get in the right player.

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