West Ham United have closed their eyes, spun around and pointed there finger at Michy Batshuayi in their desperate search for a new striker, according to reports.
Sky Sports understands that the Hammers submitted a €35m bid for Marseille forward, who has confirmed that he will leave the club this summer, at 9am on Friday morning.
At the time, that figure was worth £28.25m, but that amount may change as the exchange rate fluctuates because of the consequences of the Brexit vote in yesterday’s referendum.
West Ham have taken a scattergun approach to signing a new striker for their first season in the Olympic Stadium, having reportedly lodged bids for as many as four players already.
AC Milan poacher Carlos Bacca [Sky Sports], and Lyon captain Alexandre Lacazette [Sky Sports] have allegedly been the subject of failed £15m and £31m bids respectively, and The Guardian claims that the Irons have also held talks with Juventus over a possible move for Simone Zaza.
And now Belgium international Batshuayi is the latest object of their affections. The 22-year-old, currently away at Euro 2016, scored 21 goals in 45 games for Marseille last season.
Sky Sports claims that he is one of Tottenham Hotspur’s top strike targets, and is also on the radar of Juventus, but Spurs are reluctant to meet the financial demands for a potential deal.
West Ham are trying to capitalise on the hesitance of their London rivals, who can offer Champions League football, with an ambitious swoop. But will this bid for a striker stick?
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