The 50 attackers West Ham have brought in during the Gold and Sullivan era - with 20 scoring zero goals

Here are all 50 forwards that have joined West Ham since David Gold and David Sullivan arrived at the club 12 years ago.

After 1,000 plus days since West Ham last brought in a new forward, they have this week confirmed a £35.5 million deal for Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo.

The Italy international will join the Hammers as competition for Michail Antonio, after the 32-year-old has spent recent years as the only option for them up top.

The club are clearly confident Scamacca can impress in the Premier League after offering him a five-year deal with the option of an extra year, however there will be a lot of pressure on the 23-year-old given West Ham’s disappointing history with strikers.

Since David Gold and David Sullivan took the reigns at West Ham in January 2010, the London club had brought in 50 strikers - however a whopping 20 of them have failed to score a single goal.

As Scamacca becomes their 51st, we take a look at every forward snapped up in the Gold/Sullivan era and how they have fared...


9 appearances - 0 goals

Mido was one of the first strikers to join West Ham following Gold and Sullivan’s arrival, moving to the club on a four-month loan halfway through the 2009/10 season.

As the Irons look to avoid relegation from the Premier League, Mido failed to score a single goal in the nine appearances he made for the club.

Benni McCarthy

14 appearances - 0 goals

Benni McCarthy joined for £2.5m after scoring 52 goals in 139 appearances for Blackburn Rovers.

A year later, McCarthy had made only three starts and was omitted from West Ham’s 25-man squad for the remainder of the campaign.

He was offered a £1 million pay-off and in his contract was terminated in April 2011 after making only two Premier League starts.


11 appearances - 4 goals

Ilan was the third striker West Ham signed in that January transfer window and was just as disappointing as the others.

The Brazilian joined on a six-month contract from Saint-Etienne and had a very positive start after scoring three minutes into his debut.

While Ilan went onto score three goals in four matches two months later, however it wasn’t enough to earn him a long-term contract with the club and he was released the following summer.

Frederic Piquionne

62 appearances - 11 goals

Frederic Piquonne signed for West Ham for €1.2m from Portsmouth in summer 2010.

The striker scored six goals in the Premier League in his first season but failed to prevent the Hammers dropping to the Championship.

A year later, Piquionne was loaned to Doncaster Rovers before joining Portland Timbers to end his time in England.

Victor Obinna

32 appearances - 8 goals

Victor Obinna joined West Ham on loan from Internazionale in 2010 and enjoyed a couple of purple patches - one of which saw him bag four assists in a League Cup win over Manchester United.

He also scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup in January and then followed it up with a brace against Blackpool three days later.

However, Obinna’s Premier League record wasn’t quite as impressive, with three goals in 25 appearances.

Pablo Barrera 

23 appearances - 0 goals

Pablo Barrera joined West Ham for £4 million but quickly proved to be a flop when he failed to score a single goal as they were relegated.

The striker was shipped out on loan to Real Zaragoza and then returned to Mexico permanently in 2012.

Demba Ba

13 appearances - 7 goals

Demba Ba initially joined West Ham on a pay-as-you-play basis due to knee problems, but went onto impress in his first season and became their top scorer with seven goals from 12 games.

However, the Hammers relegation triggered a clause in Ba’s contract that allowed him to leave for free and he soon joined Newcastle United.

Robbie Keane

10 appearances - 2 goals

After previous success in the Premier League, Robbie Keane joined a very poor West Ham side on loan in 2011.

The Republic of Ireland international scored twice in 10 appearances for the Hammers and he swiftly returned to Tottenham following the Irons’ relegation.

Victor Obinna

32 appearances - 8 goals

Victor Obinna joined West Ham on loan from Internazionale in 2010 and most noteably bagged four assists in a League Cup win over Manchester United.

He also scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup in January and then followed it up with a brace against Blackpool three days later.

However, Obinna’s Premier League record wasn’t quite as impressive, with three goals in 25 appearances.

Sam Baldock

24 appearances - 5 goals

Sam Baldock joined West Ham as a 21-year-old and impressed at first with five goals in his first six starts.

However, an injury partnered with the arrivals of Nicky Maynard and Ricardo Vaz Te limited his chances.

John Carew

21 appearances - 2 goals

John Carew joined West Ham off the back of a decent spell with Aston Villa, though was unsurprisingly not at his best in his 30s.

After scoring only twice, Carew was released by the club after one season.

Brian Montenegro

1 appearance - 0 goals

Brian Montenegro joined on loan in 2011 as an unknown teenager from Paraguay.

However, the youngster’s only appearance came in a brief cameo in a FA Cup match five months later before he returned to his home country.

Nicky Maynard

17 appearances - 4 goals

After impressing for Bristol City, Nicky Maynard joined West Ham and helped them win promotion back to the Premier League with a goal in the play-off semi-final.

The striker left the club that summer after falling down the pecking order under Sam Allardyce.

Ricardo Vaz Te

60 appearances - 19 goals

After impressing for Barnsley, Ricardo Vaz Te joined West Ham in January 2012.

The forward made a name for himself as the Hammers looked to gain promotion, scoring the winning goal in the play-off final against Blackpool.

Vaz Te struggled with injuries following their promotion and fell out of favour under Sam Allardyce and eventually saw his contract terminated in January 2015 after making only five appearances that season.

Modibo Maiga

45 appearances - 7 goals

Modibo Maiga joined West Ham in 2012 and began to receive criticism from supporters shortly into his stay.

After scoring only three Premier League goals in the first season-and-a-half with the club, he endured difficult loan spells with QPR and Metz before joining Al-Nassr permanently in 2015.

Andy Carroll

142 appearances - 34 goals

After a disastrous big money move to Liverpool, Andy Carroll joined West Ham on an initial loan deal in 2012.

The striker scored seven goals and earned himself a £15m switch to London, but failed to regain his form.

As well as a number of injuries impacting his time with the club, Carroll scored another 27 goals over six years before he was released.

Sean Maguire

0 appearances - 0 goals

Sean Maguire joined from Waterford United when he was still a teenager but failed to make a single appearance and was released the following year.

Marouane Chamakh

3 appearances - 0 goals

Marouane Chamakh arrived on loan with an already poor goal record in the Premier League and made only three appearances for the club, scoring none.

Wellington Paulista

0 appearances - 0 goals

Wellington Paulista spent the second half of the 2012/13 campaign on loan with West Ham with an option of a permanent three-year deal.

However, the Brazilian failed to make a single appearance for the Irons and returned to his parent club at the end of the season.

Joe Dixon

0 appearances - 0 goals

Joe Dixon joined West Ham’s development squad in 2012 and so there were little expectations on him in terms of the first team picture.

He never really impressed at Upton Park and left the club two years later.

Marco Borriello

2 appearances - 0 goals

Borriello joined West Ham on a six-month loan in 2014 but only managed two appearances off the bench before he sustained a calf injury then ended his season prematurely.

Jaanai Gordon

0 appearances - 0 goals

Jaanai Gordon joined West Ham as a teenager and was sent out on loan four times before joining Cheltenham Town permanently - making zero appearances for the Hammers.

Mladen Petric

4 appearances - 0 goals

After being released by Fulham, Petric joined West Ham on a free in 2013.

After making his debut in September, the Croatia international made only a further three appearances before he was released in the December.

Carlton Cole

293 appearances - 67 goals

Carlton Cole was one of the few success stories in West Ham’s striker department, spending nine years with the club.

He helped them win promotion to the Premier League and scored 67 goals and picked up 33 assists during his time at Upton Park.

Enner Valencia

68 appearances - 10 goals

West Ham snapped up Valencia in 2014 after an impressive World Cup with Ecuador and quickly got off the mark with a stunner on his debut.

His second season was hampered by injuries and he ended up joining Everton on loan.

Diafra Sakho

71 appearances - 24 goals

Diafra Sakho joined at the same time as Valencia for £4.25m and the striker quickly hit the ground running.

The forward scored 10 goals in his first season but eventually became unsettled at the club and left for Rennes.

Mauro Zarate

29 appearances - 7 goals

There was a lot of excitement when Zarate arrived on a free, however he failed to pick up form and quickly fell down to the pecking order.


8 appearances - 0 goals

Having previously played for Monaco and PSG, West Ham fans were very disappointed when Nene failed to live up to his CV.

The forward was released months after his arrival at the club.

Martin Samuelsen

2 appearances - 0 goals

Martin Samuelsen arrived as a youngster in 2015 and was sent out on six different loan spells during his five years with the club.

The Norwegian only made two senior appearances for the Hammers.

Michail Antonio

225 appearances - 60 goals

Michail Antonio joined West Ham in 2015 and to this day remains one of their best players in recent years.

The 32-year-old has finished three seasons out of eight as the club’s top scorer and has reached double figures in the Premier League for the past three years.

Nikica Jelavic

15 appearances - 2 goals

Nikica Jelavic linked up with former Croatia boss Slaven Bilic on deadline day but failed to regain his form from his early Everton days.

The striker was shipped off to the Chinese Super League in the winter transfer window.

Emmanuel Emenike

16 appearances - 2 goals

Emenike’s physicality proved to be the only positive during his poor loan spell.

The only time he scored for West Ham was during a 5-1 thrashing of Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.

Luka Belic

0 appearances - 0 goals

Luka Belic was completely unknown when he joined West Ham in 2015 and proved to be nothing more than a bad signing very quickly.

He was soon moved on with zero senior goals to his name.

Simone Zaza

11 appearances - 0 goals

Zaza joined West Ham on loan in 2016 for €5m and was easily one of the worst bits of transfer business they have done.

The striker failed to score a goal before picking up a knee injury in December then leaving the club a month later.

Jonathan Calleri

19 appearances - 1 goal

Jonathan Calleri joined West Ham on loan in 2016 and only scored one goal in a win over Middlesbrough in January.

The Argentine didn’t make a start for the Hammers until April.

Ashley Fletcher

20 appearances - 1 goal

After rejecting a new contract with Manchester United, Fletcher joined West Ham on a free transfer.

The forward failed to impress in the senior team and was sold to Middlesbrough a year later.

Toni Martinez

3 appearances - 0 goals

West Ham signed Toni Martinez when he was a teenager for around £2.4m.

The Spaniard was superb for the U23 side, scoring 25 goals in 29 appearances, but never made his mark on the senior team and moved to Portugal after three years.

Sofiane Feghouli

27 appearances - 4 goals

Sofiane Feghouli joined West Ham from Valencia in 2016 but only managed four goals in his first season.

He was then sold onto Galatasaray a year after his arrival.

Andre Ayew

50 appearances - 12 goals

Andrew Ayew joined West Ham in a then club record £20.5m deal but failed to live up to his price tag.

The Ghana international showed glimpses of quality but couldn’t quite return to the form that saw him shine at Swansea City.

Marko Arnautovic

65 appearances - 22 goals

West Ham broke their transfer record once again when they signed Arnautovic in a deal risign to £25m.

The forward reached double figures in the Premier League in both seasons he was at the London club before expressing his desire to leave and moving to China.

Javier Hernandez

63 appearances - 17 goals

Chicarito had previously impressed during his five year stint with Manchester United, however wasn’t quite as bright when he joined West Ham for £16m.

Two years later, the Mexican handed in a transfer request and joined Sevilla.

Jordan Hugill

3 appearances - 0 goals

West Ham brought Jordan Hugill in from Preston North End in a £10m deal in January 2018, however he only played 22 minutes in total for the remainder of the campaign.

The striker went out on loan twice before joining Norwich City for around £5m.

Oladapo Afolayan

1 appearance - 1 goal

Oladapo Afolayan was signed from Solihull Moors in 2018 and only managed one appearance in the FA Cup - scoring in a 4-0 win.

The youngster went out on loan three times before signing for Bolton Wanderers permanently last year.

Lucas Perez

19 appearances - 6 goals

Lucas Perez was known for a disappointing stint at Arsenal and was only marginally more impressive at West Ham.

He bagged his first league goal in 700 days in December before joining Deportivo Alaves the following summer.

Adriy Yarmolenko

83 appearances - 12 goals

Adriy Yarmolenko failed to make the expected impact when he joined from Borussia Dortmund and was mostly limited to substitute appearances.

It was confirmed that he had signed for Al-Ain earlier this month.

Xande Silva

2 appearances - 0 goals

Xande Silva had previously impressed in his home country of Portugal and did rather well for West Ham’s U23 side, however he struggled to make the step up to the senior team.

Sebastien Haller

54 appearances - 14 goals

As shown by his superb spell with Ajax, Haller was clearly a very talented striker but it just didn’t work out for him at West Ham.

The Frenchman only managed seven goals in the Premier League in his first season.

Albian Ajeti

12 appearances - 0 goals

Albian Ajeti’s brilliant form for Basel led to an £8m move to West Ham.

However, he failed to score for the Irons and now plays for Celtic.

Mesaque Dju

0 appearances - 0 goals

Mesaque Dju joined West Ham on a free after leaving Benfica B, however he is yet to make a senior appearance for the Premier League club at 23 years old.

Jarrod Bowen

101 appearances - 26 goals

Jarrod Bowen joined West Ham in an initial £18m deal in January 2020 and has since become one of their best players.

The forward ended last season as theier top scorer and has also earned four international caps.

Said Benrahma

79 appearances - 12 goals

After a season-long loan, Benrahma joined West Ham for £25m last year.

The Algerian has often had to settle for a place on the bench but finished last season with 14 goal contributions in the league.