West Ham are prepared to pay £17 million for Clermont striker Mohamed Bayo in January according to a report from Le10 Sport.
Hammers boss David Moyes is desperate to sign a top-class centre-forward next month.
Bringing in more quality competition and cover for Michail Antonio will be a necessity if West Ham are to maintain their push for a top four spot in the new year and beyond.
The Hammers have been heavily linked with a plethora of strikers since Sebastien Haller left the London Stadium for Ajax in January.
And one name in particular keeps cropping up.
West Ham ready to pay asking price for Clermont ace Mohamed Bayo
The Sun claimed back in October that the Hammers want to sign the Guinea international in January.
And now it seems as though West Ham could be closing in on their man.
Clermont are demanding €20 million (£17 million) for Bayo in January and the Hammers are prepared to meet that asking price (Le10 Sport).
The 23-year-old has been in fine form this season with eight goals and two assists in 16 Ligue 1 games to his name (Transfermarkt). That comes after bagging 22 goals and eight assists in 38 Ligue 2 games last term.
At just 23, he has so much talent and potential. He is still very raw of course. He has all the skills needed but they need to be refined before he becomes an elite striker.
Importantly, Bayo possesses blistering pace and he is very strong indeed, so should be ideally suited to Premier League football.
If West Ham manage to sign Bayo for around £17 million, we think it would be very good business. Let’s hope that we manage to get this one done with the minimum of fuss.