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David Moyes has got a serious “issue” if West Ham cannot sign a new striker before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to Darren Bent.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has admitted the Hammers cannot rely on Michail Antonio to remain fit all season after his previous injury issues this term.

As quoted by the Sun, Moyes confirmed the Irons had failed in their efforts to sign a new centre-forward, despite tabling offers for “one or two players”, after allowing Sebastien Haller to leave for Ajax.

The Frenchman’s departure leaves Antonio as the only recognised senior striker at the London Stadium.

However, the former Nottingham Forest forward has already missed eight league games as a result of two separate muscle injuries this season.

Bent insisted Moyes could not count on the 30-year-old staying fit between now and the rest of the campaign and that West Ham needed to sign a backup option at least.

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Bent told Football Insider: They’ve really struggled to find centre-forwards over the years – for whatever reason, it’s always been an issue.

“With Haller going, they certainly need cover for Antonio because we know with Antonio, he’s obviously had problems in himself fitness-wise.

“Antonio’s been very, very good but unfortunately, you can’t rely on him all the time. You’ve got to get somebody, even if it’s someone who’s adequate backup who’s hungry, you can’t just have Antonio. As good as he is, you need somebody else there as well.”

Moyes told the Sun: “I don’t want to be in a position where I go and bring somebody just for the sake of it. I’ve always said that if I can look within my own group to find solutions I’ll try and do so.

“We can’t deny we would have liked another striker. We have tried to submit an offer for one or two players who we’d have like to have got, but for different reasons they’ve not been gettable.”

In other news, West Ham have been told to pounce for a bargain signing by Monday.