By Alex Taylor
West Ham have entered the race for Real Madrid star Jese Rodriguez, according to a report.
The Express claim that the 23-year-old is facing the exit door at the Bernabeu this summer and the Hammers could be willing to match Madrid’s £15million plus add-ons valuation.
Jese is said to be open to the deal and favours a move to the Premier League where he thinks he’ll have a good shot at first-team football.
It is understood that any deal would have to include a £16.8million buy-back option for Real Madrid.
Slaven Bilic’s side will face stiff competition for the attacker as Southampton, Arsenal and Liverpool are also reportedly interested in the youngster.
Despite having a good working relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane, Jese has been advised to build a career away from Madrid where he would be likely to remain on the bench.
The pacy goal-scorer has fallen down the pecking order in Madrid after the Galacticos exercised their buy-back clause to re-sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata for around £25million.
Real’s number 20 has just 12 months remaining on a four-year deal that he signed back in 2013.
Jese made 28 La Liga appearances last term, though he started only seven matches. He found the back of the net five times, as well as scoring one in Europe during Real’s Champions League tie against Roma.
In other West Ham transfer news, Slaven Bilic is set to talk with Fiorentina over the signing of Germany ace Mario Gomez.