By Will Butcher

Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar is the latest striker to be interesting West Ham as manager Slaven Bilic desperately tries to find competition for Andy Carroll, according to a report.

The Cameroon international was in superb form for the Portguese giants last season, scoring 18 goals in all competitions during 42 encounters, providing another three in assists.

Potuguese newspaper A Bola have claimed that West Ham are one of three Premier League clubs interested in the former Lorient hitman, with Leicester and Middlesbrough also credited with an interest.


The newspaper claims that the Premier League trio aren’t alone in their pursuit of the striker, with Turkish champions Besiktas and French outfit Rennes are also keen on acquiring the services of the 24-year-old.

A Bola writes: “Leicester could rekindle their interest, while West Ham and premier league new-boys Middlesbrough could also move for the African goalscorer.”

West Ham signed Andre Ayew from Swansea at the start of the week for a club-record £20.5million but he is expected to be used in a wide role by his new club.

Porto’s number 26, who is also the captain of national side, could be the man to rival England international Carroll as doubts surround the future of duo Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

The striker has two years remaining on his deal at the Estadio do Dragao, but he looks set to move after the Portuguese outfit brought in strikers Ze Manuel from Boavista on a free and Laurent Depoitre from Gent for £5million.

In other West Ham transfer news, this playmaker has been demoted to the reserves following a bid from the East London side.