Boleyn Insider

With just over a week to go before the opening Premier League game against Arsenal all the attention has now switched towards signing another striker before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

The Club were already targeting another forward, but with Enner Valencia being carried off on a stretcher during the 2-2 draw with AFC Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League, I believe that the search has now intensified.

Diafra Sakho served the last match of his three game European ban on Thursday and will be available for selection, while Mauro Zarate also reminded Slaven Bilic of his ability with a well taken goal early in the second half.

But my sources have told me that negotiations are continuing behind the scenes to bring in more new signings in the forward line.

I know that the search continues and the Club are looking at a number of targets across Europe.

There have been reports linking West Ham United with a move for a top striker in Spain and my understanding is that the deal hinges on him getting a work permit.

I also understand that the Club will have more news on the Valencia injury later on Friday.

I have been told that the player has undergone a scan and the Club are now waiting for the results.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of West Ham United