By Coral Barry

West Ham are weighing up a bid for Nice’s Alassane Plea who has a release clause of £40million, according to a report.

The 23-year-old had his season disrupted by a serious injury, but still managed to net six goals and provide four assists in 19 Ligue 1 appearances and has two years left to run on his current deal at Nice.

West Ham have already seen huge bids for AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette knocked back in recent weeks and L’Equipe claim the Londoners are ready to turn their attention back to France.

Hammers co-chariman David Gold has stated several times that West Ham will spend in the region of £30million on a new top class striker, but so far the Hammers have struggled to convince clubs to part with their star attackers.

Plea is a centre-forward, but has been used as a winger at times by his club since arriving from Lyon in 2014.

The Frenchman does not have the goal record to compete with Bacca or Lacazette, but is a young player with plenty of potential.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have their eye on another Ligue 1 star and are preparing a £10million bid.