Goals were undoubtedly the main area of weakness in West Ham’s armoury last season and Slaven Bilic is eager to address the issue this summer.

With this in mind, it is little surprise to see reports linking the east London club to out-of-favour Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud.

The Hammers found the net just 47 times in the league last season – the second lowest tally of any of the top 12 Premier League sides.

Giroud scored on 16 occasions last season, but has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger understandably favouring the prolific Alexis Sanchez in attack.

The Frenchman started only 11 league games, but did commit to a new two-and-a-half year deal in January.

He has been a polarising figure since joining the Gunners in a £13m move from Montpellier in 2012, but a record of 98 goals in 226 outings represents a respectable return.

The 30-year-old is the latest forward to be linked with a move to London Stadium and Bilic is thought to be keen to add to his attacking options before the campaign gets underway.

Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, Manchester City and Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Middlesbrough youngster Adama Traore have all been linked with moves to the club.