Hammers hope to announce signing

Published Jun. 5, 2010 7:11 a.m. ET

West Ham confirmed Avram Grant as their new manager on Thursday and the east London club are now close to making their first new signing of the summer. A statement on their official website says they are in "advanced negotiations" with a "proven international with over 60 caps", but no further comment has been made. The club's owners David Gold and David Sullivan have set their sights high in the transfer market this summer, with Thierry Henry and David Beckham among their most high-profile targets.