By Will Butcher

West Ham fans are ecstatic on Twitter after manager Slaven Bilic confirmed an interest in Manchester City’s striker Wilfried Bony.

The Hammers are desperate to bring in a proven goalscorer after attacking duo Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew have been ruled out with long-term injuries.

Speaking before Thursday’s Europa League second leg tie against Astra Giurgiu, Croatian manager Bilic identified the 27-year-old as the man to score the goals for the East London side.

Hammers fans took to Twitter to try to convince the West Ham hierarchy that Bony is the man to sign. The striker came to prominence at Swansea where he scored 35 goals in 70 league and cup encounters.

One West Ham page believes that the former Vitesse Arnhem forward will be dancing for joy if he gets the chance to play with attacking midfielders Dimitri Payet, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini.

The Sun have reported that the Ivory Coast international is on the hunt for regular first-team football, and has already rejected a move to the Chinese Super League this summer.

In other West Ham transfer news, this young defender could be set to join Championship club Rotherham on loan despite signing a new four-year deal.