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Danny Mills has told West Ham United to sign Joshua King to help them in their quest for European football.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender claimed the Hammers can secure a top-six finish if they sign a 20-goal a season striker.

The Sun report West Ham had a £13million rejected for the Norway international and are now putting together a £16million offer.

The Irons face competition from Burnley for the 29-year-old’s signature as they are preparing a part-exchange offer involving Matej Vydra, as revealed by this site.

West Ham are in desperate need of a striker after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax earlier this month leaving the injury-prone Michail Antonio as David Moyes’ only senior option.

Asked by Football Insider whether a £16million move for King would be a good move, Mills said: “Yes, Moyes has never had that super striker.

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“He never had it at Everton to take them to the next level. They were always punching above their weight and they just needed that 20-goal a season striker.

“You sort of feel that at West Ham. Get a top striker in and that maybe takes them into the top six.

“Sometimes you have to take that calculated gamble. You think ‘If we bring that player in and he’s worth an extra seven or eight points and that’s worth four or five places in the table, then he pays for himself in terms of positional bonuses and maybe getting into Europe.’

“That’s the gamble you have to look at ‘What are we going to spend and what are we hoping to get for him?’

“It could be a good decision to do it sooner rather than later.”

In other news, Football Insider can reveal West Ham have agreed a new signing as the player jets into London.