West Ham are set to submit an increased bid for Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, according to reports.
The Hammers have reportedly seen a £27million offer already rejected by the LaLiga side as they hunt for a new centre-forward following the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
Youssef En-Nesyri has scored nine LaLiga goals this season – just two fewer than Lionel MessiGetty Images – Getty
Sevilla are said to want at least £35m if they are to sell En-Nesyri, and Estadio Deportivo claim West Ham intend to make a bid which is extremely close to this asking price.
En-Nesyri has scored 13 goals in 26 games for Sevilla this season.
The Athletic report that the initial offer was formally made last Saturday totalling around £27m (£22.5m initial plus £4.5m in add-ons) but it wasn’t enough for Sevilla to consider selling the 23-year-old.
It is also stated that West Ham’s pursuit is all-but over, conflicting with the reports in Spain.
The Hammers are unbeaten in their last six but they’ve lost players this month, with Haller heading to the Netherlands and also Robert Snodgrass joining West Brom.
Sevilla want £35m for En-NesyriGetty Images – Getty
The sale of Haller particularly means they were light in the striker department.
And while Michail Antonio has done a fine job up top, Stuart Pearce, who’s part of David Moyes’ coaching staff, admits West Ham are short in that position.
He told Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast: “We’re in a situation where the squad is reasonably light, I think in numbers anyway.
“Certainly in the centre-forward position, you don’t have to be a genius to realise we’re a little bit short with Sebastien leaving.
“Dave’s onto it all the time, the scouting network’s onto it all the time and I know Mr Sullivan is as well.
Haller left West Ham earlier this month to join AjaxGetty Images – Getty
“There have been one or two offers put out there but it’s got to be the right player and the right money like at all clubs.
“One thing I can assure you – and this goes back to my managerial days: January is a really tough time to recruit, but I think the squad’s got room for a couple of players to come in, to bolster what we’ve got, to improve us.
“They’ve got to be the right people and the right characters with the right money.”
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