By Harvey Byrne

West Ham are ‘very close’ to signing a new striker and are also in talks with a Premier League club, according to the Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan.

The east London club have made no secret that they want to bring in a star forward this summer, and have been linked with a number of top players.

The club has so far been left empty-handed, but this news will please West Ham fans with the co-chairman revealing that the striker has regularly scored goals in his career in competitive leagues.

“We are very close to bringing in a very promising striker, who has scored goals regularly in his career in competitive leagues,” said Sullivan to the club’s website.

“He will need time to settle, like every new player, but we are confident he will add a lot to the squad.”

As well as the proven striker, Sullivan has also confirmed that the Hammers are in talks with another big signing.

“We are also talking to another Premier League club about a top-class international forward, but the discussions over financial terms still have some way to go.”

The two players could be Bacca and Swansea’s Andre Ayew given the recent noise coming from the media.

The Mirror claimed on Thursday that French giants PSG had pulled out of the race to sign Bacca, leaving West Ham in a strong position to land the striker.

It is said West Ham have increased their bid for Bacca to £27million and offered him a four-year contract worth £70,000-a-week to make him the club’s third top earner behind Dimitri Payet and Andy Carroll. Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta claims the deal is worth £40million in fee and wages.

Meanwhile, The Sun claim that Ayew is also heading to east London, where he will be handed a contract worth £75,000-a-week.

It is said that the Swans, who signed Ghanaian Ayew on a free last summer from Ligue 1 giants Marseille, are happy to make a huge profit on Ayew and reinvest that money on a replacement.

Both players will be a huge boost to Bilic’s side as the Hammers look to compete in the Premier League and the Europa League next season.

In other West Ham transfer news, Hammers forward Enner Valencia is not on his way out of the club.