The transfer window closes at 11:00pm on January 31 leaving West Ham just 132 hours to seal any new signings to bolster their squad for the remainder of the season.
The window opened on January 1 and the Hammers are yet to make any signings with their only activity being to recall loan players and send promising youngster Conor Coventry to MK Dons for the remainder of the season.
Manager David Moyes is adamant that he and the club are working on deals and that the lack of singings is not for the want of trying.
“We have been trying for a couple of years to add a striker to the group but we have not been able to. We have had quite a few offers for players at different times that have not been accepted or we could not get or [they] have been too expensive,” he said.
“So it is not for the want of trying and not like we are not seeing the same things that others are seeing. It is trying to get in players that I think can help us and make a difference but we will continue trying to look. With a week or so to go [in the transfer window] we will keep looking.”
He added: “I think that we will try hard to make them [signings] but I cannot say one way or the other, we will see. We will work hard to add to what we have got but I can’t give any guarantees that will happen.”
It is clear from Moyes’ words that a striker is the priority and football.london understand that the Hammers remain keen on strengthening their backline as well.
The two names in defence that West Ham are interested in are Duje Caleta-Car and Nat Philipps. With no Premier League experience, the Hammers would prefer a loan deal with Marseille for Caleta-Car before making a final decision on the deal in the summer.
This could be the sticking point on the deal with Marseille understood to be holding out for a £15 million permanent transfer. This is not the first time West Ham have held an interest in the Croatian centre-back with the Hammers considering a move last summer before electing to bring in Kurt Zouma.
In the attacking positions, Jesse Lingard is once again in the frame with Stuart Pearce confirming the Hammers retain an interest.
“Everyone is aware that we tried to get Jesse back again last summer and that will continue probably in this window as well but that is down to Jesse,” Pearce told talkSPORT.
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However, Manchester United are not keen on letting the attacker move to a rival for the European spots. Lingard is not the only name in attack West Ham are considering with Chile international Ben Brereton Diaz also on their radar, although the Championship striker would not come cheap with Blackburn wanting north of £28.5m for the striker.
An added complication with the Brereton Diaz deal is the striker is currently in South America on international duty until after deadline day.
Armando Broja has been linked with West Ham but it appears the Chelsea striker will be remaining at Southampton on loan for the remainder of the season.