According to a report from French media outlet Le 10 Sport, West Ham are interested in signing Villarreal ace Karl Toko-Ekambi.
The Hammers are thought to be in the market for a forward this month, as they look to add more competition for the misfiring Sebastien Haller.
They won’t have things all their own way in the race for Toko-Ekambi, however.
Le 10 Sport claims that Lyon have already submitted a £12 million offer for the 27-capped Cameroon international, and Newcastle are also allegedly interested in signing the attacker.
Villarreal expect to receive around £21 million for Toko-Ekambi, however.
In truth, £21 million for someone who is hardly prolific seems like a lot of money.
The 27-year-old has scored just six goals in 19 games for Villarreal this season. And his career stats of 74 goals in 213 games does not make for great reading.
Surely West Ham could do better.
The Cameroonian forward does have blistering pace, however, and can play anywhere along the front-line, so that might appeal to the Hammers.
Much will depend on what West Ham actually want in a forward. Do they want someone who is prepared to make tireless runs in behind the opposition, and thus stretching the pitch? Or do they want someone who can find the net on a regular basis?
If it’s the latter, the Hammers should let Lyon and Newcastle have a free run at Toko-Ekambi.