West Ham Poised With Bid For Burnley Striker


West Ham United are set to resolve their striking problems with a £15m bid for Burnley forward, Andre Gray, 26, the Evening Standard reports.

The Clarets may be ready to talk with Sky Sports claiming that their £3m bid for Stoke City striker, John Walters, 33, has been accepted. A Republic of Ireland international, the deal is expected to be completed next week.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic hasn’t enjoyed the best of luck with strikers in recent times. Simone Zaza, 26, was an unmitigated disaster, failing to find the net in his 11-match loan spell, while club record signing Andre Ayew, 27, missed three months of last season after suffering a thigh injury on his debut.

West Ham struggled for goals last season and Bilic, under pressure to deliver following the move to the Olympic Stadium, needs to find a solution to get the club challenging for a Europa League spot.

Gray’s controversial past hasn’t been off-putting to the east London club. The FA imposed a four-match ban and £25,000 fine last on the striker on the striker for homophobic tweets sent in 2012.

Capped by England ‘C’ six times, Gray grabbed ten goals last season, including a hat-trick against Sunderland; his first Premier League goal came in the 2 – 0 win over Liverpool.