After a frustrating summer of rejection at the hands of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Carlos Bacca, the Hammers could finally be nearing the singing of a striker as they prepare a bid worth £20 million for Ghanian Swansea striker Andre Ayew, claim Sky Sports. The Swans are believed to be mulling over the offer, which would see them part with their top scorer from last season.
Sources claim that the fee should be convincing enough to tempt the Welsh club to allow Ayew to leave, but they are reluctant to accept any offers until they have their other striker targets of their own lined up to avoid being left with no options up top, similar to the current situation of West Ham themselves. The Irons are desperate for a prolific goalscorer, and Ayew could well fill that void.
If successful, that move would pave the way for Diafra Sakho to complete a switch to West Brom, with Sky sources claiming that a £16 million fee has been agreed. The Senegal forward struggled last season with limited game time, but there has been no shortage of interest, with a Sunderland bid rejected and interest from Sevilla and Hamburg.
Sakho’s days have been numbered since he refused to travel with the West Ham squad on their tour of Austria in an attempt to force through the move. His departure is inevitable, and the only delay has been waiting for an acceptable offer where the Irons don’t lose money on the forward, and where they have a replacement already in place.
The Essex Chronicle are also speculating that another striker incoming may be Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez, who failed to complete 90 minutes for the Spanish club last season. They claim that the Spaniard could move to the Olympic Stadium for a fee of £15 million, but with a £19 million buy back fee and first refusal for the Bernabeu club.
Such a signing would be a massive coup for the east Londoners, but seems unlikely. With Unai Emery keen to take the Spaniard to PSG, Jese seems destined to chase titles in France with guaranteed Champions League football instead. However, should PSG fail to agree to Real Madrid’s terms, it could open up the path to London for the 23-year-old.
There are also rumours of a loan move for Manchester United starlet; but Jose Mourinho reject, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in the Daily Mail. The 19-year-old made 14 appearances under Louis Van Gaal last term, but has been told by Mourinho that if he doesn’t leave this summer, he will be forced to train with the under 21s.
The Hammers plan to offer him senior football as a temporary replacement for Aaron Cresswell, who will be out until Christmas with a knee injury, and that may open up a potential permanent move in the future if the young English left back does well for Slaven Bilic. Borthwick-Jackson is not first choice, with a bid having been rejected for Hull’s Andrew Robertson, but he is a cheap alternative for the Irons.
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