David Gold admits West Ham are searching for a striker
By Brogan Kay-Jessop
Last Updated: 13/08/15 10:44am
West Ham co-chairman David Gold admits his side are looking for a new striker ahead of the transfer window closing on September 1.
Gold expects manager Slaven Bilic to move into the market after Enner Valencia was ruled out for 12 weeks with a leg injury and Andy Carroll missing until next month at least following knee surgery.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, he said: "We have been very unfortunate in losing Valencia before the season kicked off.
“We already believed we needed a striker because of Andy Carroll not rejoining the squad until September.
“Now we really must find another centre forward before the transfer window closes. Yes we would like two, but we have to be realistic."
One West Ham player who has been making headlines this week is 16-year-old Reece Oxford. The midfielder put in an assured display when becoming the club's youngest Premier League player in their shock 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
“Although we knew Reece was going to be a player, nobody believed he was going to play against Arsenal," added Gold. "He was outstanding for a young man, what a great future he has.
"We haven’t seen many young players come through our academy and emerge and at last a young player emerges and plays a great game against the mighty Arsenal."
West Ham have been linked with a number of players including Manchester United's Javier Hernandez and free agent Joey Barton, but Gold remained tight-lipped when questioned on the latter.