Long-standing West Ham United target Michy Batshuayi finally looks set to don the claret and blue… of Aston Villa.
Batshuayi rejected West Ham in favour of a move to Chelsea back in 2016.
The Hammers had a £31million bid accepted by Marseille (The Sun). But the Belgian striker turned down West Ham’s advances and moved to London rivals Chelsea instead.
He has struggled to establish himself at Stamford Bridge, though, being shipped out on loan to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.
West Ham’s neverending chase for Michy
West Ham have been linked with a move – both loan and permanent – for Batshuayi in just about every transfer window since.
With Chelsea under a transfer ban last summer Batshuayi was retained by Frank Lampard.
But with that ban lifted the long-standing Hammers target is now expected to be moved on again.
And he could finally be set to play in the claret and blue. Not that of West Ham but Aston Villa instead.
West Ham desperately need another striker in the January window. The East Londoners have been linked with a move for Inter Milan outcast Gabriel Barbosa (Daily Mail).
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Villa enquire for ‘wantaway’ Batshuayi – report
But perhaps West Ham should hedge their bets by enquiring about Batshuayi – who has an impressive goal every other game ratio for the Belgian national team.
According to French outlet Foot Mercato, Villa have enquired about Batshuayi after the striker’s representatives made it clear to Chelsea he was not getting enough game time ahead of this summer’s Euro 2020 Championship.
Foot Mercato claim Villa want him on loan with the option to buy.
Should West Ham reignite interest?
And that kind of deal would also suit West Ham.
But it may be that the Hammers feel the £20million they would have to spend to get Barbosa would be better spent on a player who has already adapted to life in England and scored 30 goals here for Chelsea and Palace despite being a bit part player.
It is certainly an interesting development and one well worth investigating for West Ham.