By Harvey Byrne

West Ham are set to make a substantial signing in the next 72 hours, according to a report.

The Hammers have made clear their ambitions to spend big on attacking talent in the forthcoming transfer window.

Now a columnist called the Insider has claimed on the official West Ham website that the club are ready to make an major signing.

“There looks to be more good news for Slaven Bilic as my sources have told me that the Club are set to make a substantial signing within the next 72 hours,”  the Insider wrote.

“The club have been linked with a number of top forwards throughout the summer and they now look set to finally land one of their targets.”

Slaven Bilic had revealed on Thursday that West Ham’s opening game at the Olympic Stadium could be the key to landing Carlos Bacca and it could be that the Colombia international has now agreed to join the Hammers after Europa League qualification was confirmed.

The Londoners have also been strongly linked with Swansea striker Andre Ayew amid reports they have tabled a bid of £20million.

Bacca would offer a wealth of experience for Bilic’s men, having excelled in both La Liga for Sevilla and in Serie A for AC Milan, while also being capped 33 times for his national team.

The East London side have also reportedly offered the Columbian £95,000-a-week to join in addition to meeting Milan’s £26million asking price.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have opened talks with Aston Villa over an £8million deal to sign Jordan Ayew.