By Alex Taylor
West Ham will turn to Manchester City flop Wilfried Bony to replace the injured Andre Ayew after missing out on Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, according to a reliable journalist.
Hammers fans were recently left reeling after it was reported on Sky Sports that Ayew would be out of action until the end of the year after suffering a thigh injury on his debut.
BREAKING: Sky sources: West Ham’s Andre Ayew faces up to four months out with thigh injury: https://t.co/5IqcuhVU0F
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) 17 August 2016
The Sun claimed that the east London outfit were preparing to hijack Crystal Place’s move for Reds forward Benteke to fill the void left by the Ghana international.
Slaven Bilic has now been forced to change his thinking after The Eagles agreed a fee of £27million plus add-ons with the Merseysiders on Thursday night for Benteke’s services.
Bleacher Report correspondent Jones has claimed on his personal Twitter account that West Ham will compete with Besiktas for former Swansea attacker Bony.
If Palace complete the deal for Christian Benteke then expect Besiktas and West Ham to turn to Wilfried Bony as main target
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) August 18, 2016
City dropped a major hint that Bony is not part of Pep Guardiola’s plans as he was omitted from their Champions League squad for the two-legged play-off against Steaua Bucharest.
Bony only joined City from the Swans in January 2015 but has notched just six Premier League goals in that time and found it difficult to make the starting line-up, where his path has been blocked by Sergio Aguero.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old has Premier League pedigree, scoring 32 goals and supplying 10 assists in 90 matches in the competition.
The forward was once considered one of the most lethal attacking threats in England’s top-tier but is now being pushed toward the exit door in Manchester.
In other West Ham transfer news, Reece Oxford wants to return to the negotiating table with the Hammers and agree an improved contract, according to a report.