West Ham are reportedly well in the race for free-agent Bafetimbi Gomis, according to reports this morning.
The 28-year-old’s Lyon contract expires this summer and is regarded as one of the hottest free agents on the market this summer after netting 17 goals in 43 appearances for the French side last term.
And amid reports that the striker is in London having talks with a number of clubs – including the Hammers – his agent Willie McKay as hinted that West Ham are serious about bringing the player to Upton Park.
He told Sky Sports: “I am speaking to five Premier League clubs about Bafetimbi and it is no surprise there is a lot of interest in him as he is one of the best free agents out there.
“I am speaking to one very ambitious chairman of an ambitious club and they are very keen to sign him and Bafetimbi will go to a club who proves they really want him.
“The club who are really pushing for him have held a long-term interest in him and made a big bid for him before when he was under contract at Lyon.”
It was no secret that the club made a bid for him last summer and the ‘ambitious chairman’ McKay talks of sounds like it could be David Sullivan, who is trying to re-structure the way the club’s transfer policy operates, as well the way in which the team plays under Sam Allardyce – all ahead of a move to the Olympic Stadium in two season’s time.
Gomis, who is also know as ‘Baby Drogba, move to Lyon from St. Etienne for €13million in 2009 and has since gone on to become a full France international, earning 12 caps and scoring three goals.
Here’s a quick look at the striker in action…