West ham could be about to land a talented forward who has represented the Ivory Coast on several occasions.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan recently reported that the club were on the verge of making a big money signing and it appears that their target could be Wilfried Bony.
The 24-year-old is currently on the books at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, although he has made no secret of his desire to play in England, despite remaining coy when it comes to mentioning any particular clubs.
“I am an ambitious player, I am enjoying my football in the Netherlands but I expect to move to a bigger league if I am doing well, I can’t change that,” he told Sky Sports.
“I love the Premier League and want to play here if there is an opportunity.
“But now I am happy we won a game for Ivory Coast after missing an opportunity in South Africa to win the Nations Cup.”
Indeed, Bony has represented the Ivory Coast on seventeen occasions, having scored five goals for his national side and an approach from West Ham looks increasingly likely.
Sullivan claims that the Olympic Stadium deal will allow the Hammers to splash the cash more regularly, with the co-owner revealing last week that he’s looking to sign a star name.
He said: “I am seeing somebody on Monday and, if we sign the player, he would be the most expensive player the club’s ever signed.
“We lack goals in the team. We’ve got to sign a top class striker from somewhere.
“Maybe it will be this guy on Monday, maybe it will be somebody else,” he continued.
“We have a number of big targets and he is one of them. I hope we get one this year and over the years we get more. Once we have moved we will have more available.
“We will continue to spend money. If we spend £12-£14million on a player this summer, in three or four years’ time it might be £30-£40million. We believe in spending on key players.”
Andy Carroll is currently the first choice striker at the club although it remains to be seen whether West Ham will take up their option of signing a player that cost Liverpool £35 million.
Written by Matthew Glazier from www.bettingpro.com