West Ham make sensational first move in race for top class striker


West Ham have made an early move to sign Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi by offering a club record £31m for his services, according to Guardian Sport.

Slaven Bilic enquired about his services during the January transfer window but was told the striker was not interested in a move until the end of the season.

But now the Hammers have returned for a solid offer for the 22-year-old, despite the player recently insisting he wanted to stay at Marseille.

However, we face serious competition from the likes of Roma and Juventus, with the latter reportedly indicating they would be willing to match our £31m offer.

Guardian Sport also claim Tottenham and Liverpool are interested in Batshuayi, but are supposedly not keen on paying such a large fee for his services, while the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona could also enter the race at some point this summer.

But, Guardian Sport also claim any deal for the striker is likely to be completed by the end of the month as he is hoping to boost his chances of being selected by Belgium for Euro 2016 this month.

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