By Alex Taylor

Manchester United have entered the race for West Ham target James Rodriguez and are preparing a £54million bid, according to reports.

The International Business Times citing Spanish publication El Confidential claim that Old Trafford chiefs have told Rodriguez’s representatives that United will make a bid within the next few days.

The Hammers have been chasing the forward after Spanish publication Marca named them as one of the clubs keeping tabs on Rodriguez, who is said to be unsure how he fits into Zinedine Zidane’s plans.

The 25-year-old would fit the bill for Slaven Bilic as he looks for a marquee signing to help score goals at the Olympic Stadium next season,.

It is said that West Ham are fighting with United, Chelsea and French giants Paris Saint-Germain for the attacker.

It is believed that the former Monaco star is settled in the Spanish capital but wants to be as important for his club side as he is for his country.

He played just 26 times for the Spanish giants in the recently completed season, but was behind attacking trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in the pecking order.

Rodriguez is reportedly keen on a move abroad after he did not play a single minute in the Champions League final last season.

The forward, who is contracted to the Spanish giants until 2020, scored eight goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions last season.

The signing would be welcomed by Hammers’ fans, who are desperate for a striker to sign with Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho edging ever closer to the exit door.

Bilic has had success in the transfer market, bringing in Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit and Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have offered Carlos Bacca a contract worth £70,000-a-week.