Bringing in a striker or two remains one of the club’s major summer priorities and in recent times, Slaven Bilic has put an emphasis on bringing in proven Premier League players.

The London Evening Standard believe that the Hammers will be going down a similar route in the summer and are preparing a move for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

The 20-year-old striker burst onto the scene for City last season, possessing a real knack of making an impact off the bench, illustrated by notching stoppage time winners against Crystal Palace and Swansea.

Despite playing just 1200 minutes of football last season, Iheanacho tallied 14 goals and five assists, which hands him one of the best goal involvement rates in the division.

This term, Iheanacho has struggled for minutes, especially since the January arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras but has still netted seven goals and provided three assists in 880 minutes of football.

Capped eight times by Nigeria, scoring five times, it’s clear that Iheanacho possesses great talent and is an instinctive goalscorer and he just needs a platform to make a real name for himself and at West Ham where he could become the focal point of the attack, he may be able to carve out a career.

Southampton and Everton are also linked with moves for the £20m-rated striker who averages a goal every 99 minutes in his professional career.

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