West Ham United were just one game into pre-season when David Moyes was hit with a heart in mouths injury scare last night.

The Hammers boss split his squad in two for games at Leyton Orient and Northampton to get as many of his players minutes as possible.

And just five of them had passed at Brisbane Road when his only senior striker Michail Antonio went down injured.

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Hearts in mouths West Ham injury scare one game into pre-season acts as stark reminder

It was a hearts in mouths moment for everyone connected with West Ham as Antonio received treatment on the pitch for several minutes.

Hammers fans feared the worst. They have been conditioned to when it comes to Antonio.

Thankfully the powerful 31-year-old was able to continue and ended up completing 90 minutes.

Having sold Sebastien Haller in January, Moyes elected to bank the £20m and ring fence it for a new striker signing this summer.

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West Ham have just one month to sign a striker ready for the start of the season

Jesse Lingard came in on loan and his goals and assists meant West Ham’s lack of forwards was not exposed.

Lingard may not return. So the prospect of West Ham going into a jam-packed season with European football having only injury-prone Antonio to call on is unfathomable.

But West Ham are now one month away from that being a reality.

Leicester have signed supposed West Ham striker target Patson Daka.

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Reported targets being snapped up elsewhere but supposed prime target remains available for now

Another reported Moyes target, Olivier Giroud, is set to sign for AC Milan. And longstanding target Boulaye Dia yesterday joined Villarreal.

Tammy Abraham is said to be Moyes’s number one striker target. And insider ExWHUemployee claims there are three reasons the player is keen to move to West Ham.

It is clear West Ham need a new forward. But in actual fact they probably need two to have anything like the depth of even the lower tier clubs in the Premier League.

The only way Moyes might get away with signing just one would be if the Hammers pull off the Lingard signing.

In other West Ham news, USA golf star showcases amazing custom made West Ham bag at The Open.

And insider delivers emphatic verdict on talk of West Ham closing on signing.

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