Some West Ham United fans are already starting to worry about the club’s chances of signing a quality striker this summer.

David Moyes must sign at least one forward in the transfer window.

Particularly after the sale of Sebastien Haller in January left him with injury-prone converted winger Michail Antonio as his only senior striker.

Moyes has proved a shrewd operator when it comes to recruitment since his return to West Ham.

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Moyes takes his time to get transfers right and it has been working for West Ham

The Scot is known – and often derided – for taking his time over transfers. But that is clearly no bad thing as he is getting them right.

The next striker to arrive at West Ham will be the club’s 50th forward brought in under co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

And the pressure is on to get it right. A limited budget doesn’t help in terms of scope. Top strikers don’t come cheap. And even younger forwards with potential usually come with big price tags.

According to Claret and Hugh, West Ham have set aside around £35m to sign a striker.

That should be enough to get a decent striker. But West Ham fans feel that Moyes’s options are already narrowing.

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Some fans concerned as striker options appear to be narrowing already

Ivan Toney is staying at Brentford, Youssef En-Nesyri has declared he will remain with Sevilla, Olivier Giroud has signed a new deal at Chelsea and Marko Arnautovic looks set for Bologna.

And both Odsonne Edouard and Patson Daka are said to be close to joining West Ham’s Prem rivals Leicester in what could be sensational business from the Foxes.

Yesterday West Ham insider ExWHUemployee called for patience from fans over transfers.

But did he drop a big hint over Moyes’s striker hunt for those reading between the lines.

Ex has repeatedly told West Ham fans that Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is Moyes’s prime target this summer.

And although he did not mention Abraham by name, Ex appears to have hinted that West Ham are waiting to pounce to get their man.

“At the moment it appears transfers are not that close due to a domino effect,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way Patreon site.

“Players we want are reliant on their club buying other players and with the Euros on, some top targets have their attention focused elsewhere for the time(being).”

Abraham clearly does not have a future under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. He has been completely frozen out ever since the German arrived at Stamford Bridge.

And Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for several big name strikers including Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku and even Harry Kane.

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Has insider dropped a hint over West Ham’s waiting game for Chelsea outcast Abraham?

So perhaps Abraham is one such player ExWHUemployee is referring to when he cites the domino effect holding up West Ham’s plans.

As soon as Chelsea land a forward, Abraham will clearly be free to leave and that’s when West Ham will pounce.

Hammers fans will hope that in the background Moyes has – using agents in the way most deals work nowadays – sounded out Abraham over whether he would be interested in a move to the London Stadium.

Because other clubs will be interested so West Ham cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket.

One such club linked with Abraham is West Ham’s Prem rivals Aston Villa, who have showed plenty of intent in this window.

Villa have already signed Emiliano Buendia for £30m, brought Ashley Young back to Villa Park from Inter Milan and have bid £30m for Arsenal youngster Emile Smith-Rowe.

Villa seem flush with cash and ambitious. So they will represent a big problem for West Ham if and when Abraham becomes officially available – particularly as he played for the Villains previously too.

ExWHUemployee is right, though, there should be no panic right now.

West Ham still have over 10 weeks to get any business done. And the vast majority of deals won’t happen until the Euros is winding down or finished.

This is when West Ham will find out Europa League group opponents

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