If there is one thing West Ham United need this summer it is a top quality striker.

They are not easy to find, let alone sign, as West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will testify.

The Hammers have been trying to get a deal done for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez.

It comes after the departures of Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez.

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Striker light

And Marko Arnautovic looks set to follow too (Sky Sports).

West Ham reportedly have a long list of striker targets including Salomon Rondon, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Marega.

But it appears a striker who would fit West Ham’s new transfer policy of signing talented young, hungry players is available.

Portugal sensation Andre Silva is being chased by Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers (Gazzetta dello Sport).

The 23-year-old has a record of nearly a goal every other game for Portugal’s senior team with 15 in 33 matches.

But he has struggled to establish himself since a £35million move from Porto to AC Milan.

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Classy striker linked with rival duo

Silva was sent on loan to Sevilla last season scoring 11 goals in 40 appearances.


According to Gazzetta dello Sport Southampton have offered £24million for Silva, who is also being tracked by Wolves.

Silva is proven quality and would fit in well with the exciting young team Pellegrini is building at West Ham.

The Hammers cannot afford to wait for an answer from Gomez all summer.

And it would be unthinkable if a talent like Silva was snaffled up by the Saints, who have been fighting relegation for several years.

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Silva lining for Hammers?

West Ham are looking to push the for the European places next season.

Silva has the pedigree to take them there.

And if West Ham do sell Arnautovic they would have money enough to sign the Portuguese and another striker on their list of targets.

The prospect of Silva linking up with the likes of Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson is a mouthwatering one.

Pellegrini’s striker transfer clouds could yet have a Silva lining.

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