By Will Butcher

West Ham tried to sign Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen earlier this year during their summer-long hunt for a striker, according to ESPN.

The 22-year-old joined Spurs for £17million in the summer from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar after scoring an impressive 29 goals in all competitions during 40 league and cup encounters last term.

ESPN FC have claimed that West Ham, French champions Paris Saint-Germain and German giants Wolfsburg tried to win the race for the Holland international’s services but he rejected their interest.

“There were clubs willing to pay even more money than Spurs,” Janssen said, as quoted by ESPN FC. “But I immediately told AZ: ‘I just want Spurs and not a club that might be offering you more.’

“There were clubs in good leagues, such as Wolfsburg. And a club in the Premier League.”

Slaven Bilic was desperate to sign a striker this summer, but was rejected by AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca, Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette among others.

The Hammers did sign Manchester United’s Ashley Fletcher on a permanent basis, as well as securing loan deals for Juventus’ Simone Zaza and South American hotshot Jonathan Calleri.

However, all three signings have failed to find the net for the East London outfit this season, as target man Andy Carroll continues to recover from a knee injury that has kept him sidelined since August.

Janssen has struggled upon his arrival in North London with Tottenham this term, scoring just three goals from the penalty spot in 17 league and cup appearances.

The two sides meet after the international break ends on November 19, as the Hammers look to secure just their third Premier League win of the season away at White Hart Lane.

In other West Ham transfer news, fans have reacted on Twitter after these two Liverpool stars were rumoured to be on Bilic’s radar.