Danny Mills has suggested West Ham manager David Moyes’ biggest priority in the January transfer window will be signing a new striker.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds United and England defender claimed a 20 goal a season striker is the difference between the Hammers finishing mid-table and in the top four.
With first-choice striker Michail Antonio struggling with a hamstring injury in recent weeks, Sebastien Haller has led the line for the Irons.
However, the Ivory Coast international has found the net just once in his last eight Premier League appearances.
Football Insider revealed in October that the club have laid the groundwork to sign Bournemouth striker Josh King in January.
The player revealed while on international duty he has an “agreement” with Bournemouth that he can leave.
Asked by Football Insider whether Moyes needs to sign a better quality striker, Mills said: “I’m sure if there’s money to spend, that’s where he’ll spend it. I think Haller has done OK, he’s been a bit unlucky.
“That was always Moyes’ issue at Everton. He has a fantastic workmanlike side, that punch above their weight but he never had that goalscorer, that out and out centre-forward, that was going to get you 20 goals a season.
“That’s the difference between mid-table and pushing for the top six and maybe even the top four.”
Haller moved to the London Stadium for a club-record fee of £45million in July 2019 from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
After scoring four goals in his first seven Premier League games, he scored just five times in his next 39 games.