By Mike Southey

30th Dec, 2021 | 4:15pm

West Ham may be forced to sign below-par striker in January - report

West Ham United may be forced to sign a below-par striker in the upcoming January transfer window next month.

That’s according to Claret and Hugh, who report that there aren’t many big-name attackers available at this moment.

It is even suggested that David Moyes may be forced to wait until the summer to make a major signing in the final third.

With Michail Antonio the current only out-and-out attacker in the squad at the London Stadium, that could be a risk.

The report suggests that if no signing is made in the final third, Moyes will be forced to pray that Antonio won’t get injured.

Antonio has just started playing for Jamaica on the international stage in the past year, so that is more games for him to get through.

Rob Newman will have been looking at the squad since arriving in recent weeks, and it is clear that there are two problems – defence and the final third.

Find a way.

Antonio was missing recently after testing positive for COVID-19, but thankfully, it was only one game in the Carabao Cup.

That was a small taster of what could happen should he pick up an injury again, with Jarrod Bowen forced to play centrally or Nikola Vlasic would come in.

Moyes needs more options, and he needs names capable of pushing us towards the Champions League spots – that has to be the goal.

Form has dropped in recent weeks, but with games being postponed and COVID everywhere, anyone has a chance of making it into those spots.

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