By London correspondent Tony Hughes

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West Ham have not made a bid for prolific Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, according to Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers manager confirmed that he is well aware of the highly rated Belgium international.

But Bilic strongly denied a report on Friday that West Ham have made a formal offer for the player, who is rated in the £20million bracket.

“He’s playing for Marseille, big club, scoring goals there, very young, Belgium international, already a few years playing at the top level and scoring goals for first Standard Liege and now Marseille,” Bilic told Sky Sports News on Friday afternoon. “He’s a very good player but I can say at this moment this offer is simply not true, like what is in the papers.”

The Marseille spearhead has been targeted by a number of Premier League clubs on the back of a fine campaign in the French League.

The 22-year-old has scored 21 goals and supplied 10 assists in 48 matches in all competitions this season, including 16 goals and nine assists from 35 Ligue 1 encounters.

Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham have been strongly linked with the prolific striker, but the north London could have an advantage over their Premier League rivals.

According to talkSPORT, Batshuayi will prioritise clubs playing in the Champions League if he decides to leave Marseille at the end of the season.

Marseille are 16th in Ligue 1 and just five points above the relegation zone, leading to a growing expectancy that they will cash in on one of their prize assets in the summer.

As reported by Football Insider last month, Batshuayi is one of four strikers in the £20million bracket on the West Ham’s shortlist, with the club also monitoring Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.

In other West Ham news, a former club captain has been declared bankrupt after amassing an estimated £27million fortune during his playing career.