West Ham have won the race to sign Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, according to Metro.

The Hammers failed in an attempt to sign the 29-year-old in January but have returned before the summer transfer window opens to try and convince him to join them ahead of next season.

The France international is out of contract in the summer and has attracted interest from a number of top european clubs with his 20 goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances this term.

And Metro believe the Hammers are confident that the striker will opt for east London in the summer, as they look to boost their strike options in time for a final season at the Boleyn Ground.

Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll have both suffered with injuries this season, while Carlton Cole is expected to leave the club once his contract expires in June, and the Hammers see Gignac as the ideal striker to help them finish 112 year Boleyn Ground residence on a high.

It is a deal that could perhaps be linked with the Hammers’ reported interest in Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa as a potential replacement for Sam Allardyce at the end of the season, although that is purely speculation at this time.

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