West Ham United are believed to be stepping up their efforts to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon.
Manuel Pellegrini wants a reunion with West Brom’s Venezuelan forward at West Ham having worked together in Malaga.
Speculation about a move for Rondon has spiked after going quiet in recent weeks.
West Ham up the ante over Rondon?
That could be as West Ham prepare to admit defeat over their pursuit of prime target Maxi Gomez.
According to The Daily Star West Ham failed with a bid of £10million plus Jordan Hugill they submitted to West Brom.
And now Football Insider is reporting that Pellegrini has gone back to former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic with a new offer of £14million plus right back Sam Byram.
Defender Byram has been shipped out on loan and is surplus to requirements after failing to establish himself at West Ham.
The report also claims Rondon has a £16.5million release clause in his Baggies contract.
Striker overhaul for Pellegrini
It comes as time ticks down for West Ham to revamp their striker options.
Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez have departed while Javier Hernandez has also been linked with a move away.
That leaves just Marko Arnautovic who has handed in a transfer request to try and force through a move to China.
West Ham have been on the hunt for at least one, if not two, strikers this summer.
Will it be one, two or three?
And that was before the possibility of Arnautovic leaving.
If West Ham do decide to cash in on the troublesome Austrian and manage to get Hernandez off the books it is not clear whether they would then seek to sign three forwards.
In all probability the club would probably instead look to use the extra money to land two of their targets in the knowledge Michail Antonio can operate as a striker, albeit with varying degrees of success.
Pablo Fornals can also play as a second striker if needed so Pellegrini will have options.