By Harvey Byrne

West Ham are said to be edging closer to bringing Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi to the Olympic Stadium, according to reports.

The Express have reported that the Ligue 1 side want as much as £30.8million for the 22-year-old with Tottenham unwilling to go that high for the striker.

Batshuayi revealed last month that he was keen on a move to the Premier League alerting both West Ham and Spurs but it is said the price tag looks to have put Tottenham off pursuing the forward.

The Hammers are in the market for higher quality players as they look to avoid their bid to clinich Champions League football tailing off as it did in the 2015-16 season.

By contrast, Spurs had one of their best seasons for two decades as they secured a third-place Premier League finish.

However manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking for a forward to provide another option alongside Harry Kane, who played 50 games for his club in the 2015-16 season across all competitions.

Batshuayi is currently in France with the Belgium squad, but he is yet to make an appearance at the Euro 2016. As reported by Football Insider a deal is unlikely to be done until he returns.

The Belgium international scored 24 goals and supplied 10 assists in 51 matches in all competitions this season, including 17 goals and nine assists from 36 Ligue 1 encounters.

In other West Ham news, Blackburn have signed left-back Steven Hendrie on a season-long loan from West Ham.