West Ham are eyeing a surprise move for Bournemouth playmaker Matt Ritchie, as reported by MailOnline.

The Scotland international was an instrumental figure in Bournemouth’s promotion to the Premier League last term, netting 15 goals throughout the Cherries’ title winning campaign.

And a string of impressive performances in the Premier League this term, with one assist and two goals to his name after 12 games, has seen a number of clubs take an interest in his signature – with West Ham reportedly one of them.

MailOnline claim Bournemouth are expected to demand around £5m for the 26-year-old, which is unlikely to warn off any interested clubs, with West Brom, Stoke City and Manchester United also believed to be interested.

Slaven Bilic may be forced to use the January transfer window to bolster his squad following injuries to Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia, despite both being pencilled in for returns in the New Year.

Ritchie would suit Bilic’s attacking style, with his pace and creativity and key factor behind his success at Dean Court, but you wonder whether signing another attack-minded player to join the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Mauro Zarate, Victor Moses, Michail Antonio, Payet and Valencia is a good idea.

What do you think? Should we move for Matt Ritchie? Or do you think we should focus on strengthening other areas of the squad? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

[interaction id=“none”]