By Alex Taylor

West Ham are preparing a sensational £60million bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain – £18million more than London rivals Arsenal, according to reports.

Italian website Calciomercato claim that the Hammers could annihilate their current transfer record for the 28-year-old centre-forward in a bid to improve upon their seventh-place finish last season.

Arsenal are said to be considering a £42million move for the forward, a figure that falls far short of West Ham’s potential investment.

The report says that the Italian outfit will consider listening to the east London club’s huge offer even though Higuain’s contract has a buy-out clause set even higher at £79million. 

The striker scored more than a goal a game last season, netting 36 times in 35 league games and providing two assists along the way, helping to guide the Italian outfit to a second-placed finish in Serie A.

The former Real Madrid player has two years remaining on his current contract but could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.

Higuain has spent this summer competing at the Copa America, in which Argentina lost to Chile on penalties in the final.

Bilic has already completed the signings of Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit and Gökhan Töre in the current transfer window.

In other West Ham news, following the Hammers announcement that they have signed winger Gohkan Tore on loan, fans took to Twitter to welcome him to their club.