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The Insider brings you the latest news surrounding the search for a new striker

The players return for the start of pre-season training on Friday and excitement is now growing ahead of the historic move to the new Stadium.

Slaven Bilic and his players will be heading Stateside over the weekend as they prepare for a big US Tour to Seattle and North Carolina.

New signings Havard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli will be travelling to America and the hard work is continuing behind the scenes as the Club look to bring in more new players.

My sources have confirmed to me that one of the most promising young strikers in England is set to undergo a medical with the Club and a deal could be finalised in the near future.

There have been a number of reports in the media surrounding the future of Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi.

It is my understanding that the Belgium striker has been a major target throughout the summer and the Club made a substantial offer that was accepted by the French side.

But the player chose to join another team as it was his dream to play for the manager of that club.

Reports in Italy have suggest that West Ham could be in line to make an offer for Germany striker Mario Gomez after he failed to agree a deal with Besiktas.

I have been told that he is one of ten strikers that the Club are looking at, but a deal seems unlikely at this stage.

The Club are continuing to look at other big name forwards across Europe and will look to get the best possible deal for West Ham United.

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