West Ham chairman, David Gold, has hinted that the Hammers aren’t actually interested in signing Jack Wilshere this summer.
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Gold has pointed out that, at the moment, West Ham don’t need midfielders. In fact, that’s one of the areas they’re comfortable in.
“We are interested in all good players but we have to face the facts here – we have got good midfielders,” Gold told talkSPORT.
“We have got a good defence, we have got good midfielders, we have got good wingers. We need strikers and that is the key to everything for this season so we are focused first and foremost on bringing in two strikers.”
Gold’s comments come amid rumours that the Hammers are interested in signing Wilshere, who’s entering into the final year of his deal at Arsenal without an extension in sight.
While he doesn’t completely rule out a move, it doesn’t seem quite as likely, despite what the bookies are saying.
On the other hand, some of the chairman’s comments did hint that while West Ham aren’t interested in signing Wilshere, they could be looking at bringing Olivier Giroud on board.
“It’s clear to most fans that we are desperate for centre-forwards,” said Gold.
“Andy Carroll is injury-prone as we know, we have had an injury problem with [Diafra] Sakho and we have just got to bring in centre-forwards. We have got to find the money.
“Without strikers, you struggle in the Premier League. You struggle in any division because strikers are your key players.
“You have to spend your money wisely but it must be on strikers, particularly strikers that have had experience with Premier League football – the very best we can afford.
“We have tried the route of going overseas to bring in players – that hasn’t worked. We had a very difficult season because players we brought in from Europe didn’t make the grade and we paid the price. We struggled.
“We were actually flirting for some time with relegation because we couldn’t score goals. That is why we have got to bring in players with Premier League experience and that is what we are working on now. David Sullivan is working day and night in an effort to solve this problem.”
The Hammers are thought to be willing to pay £20m for the 30-year-old, who definitely has proven Premier League experience and appears on the hunt for regular first team football.