By Harry Sykes
West Ham have been installed strong odds favourites to sign midfield goal machine Robert Snodgrass.
Bookmakers Sky Bet have slashed the odds on the Hammers landing the dynamic Hull to 2/5 ace following a flurry of bets.
The BBC Sport website claim West Ham, Burnley and Middlesbrough have tabled bids for Snodgrass, and that the offers of the former two clubs have both been accepted.
Burnley were the favourites in the betting to sign the Scotland international on Wednesday after their £10million offer was the first to be accepted accepted but their odds had drifted by Thursday night.
Burnley and Middlesbrough are now both priced a relatively distant 11/2 to sign Snodgrass, only narrowed shorter in the betting that West Brom, who are 7/1.
Snodgrass, 29, has been Hull’s standout player on their return to the top flight this season, with his tally of nine goals in all competitions a fine return for a relegation-threatened team that is only one point and one place above bottom club Sunderland.
Snodgrass, who has scored seven of his goals from 20 league matches, is renowned for his set-piece ability, sound technique and clinical finishing.
West Ham manager Bilic has made it clear he is in the market for attacking reinforcements this month after the club’s front players failed to fire in the opening half of the season.
Andy Carroll has fired in three goals in the last two matches but is injury-prone, which means a lot of the scoring responsibility has fallen on the shoulders of eight-goal leading scorer Michail Antonio.
West Ham are also working on acquiring a new striker, but have experienced frustration in their pursuit of a number of targets.
Bilic’s side are still working on a deal for Brentford’s Scott Hogan, but the Championship club are holding out for a fee of £15million for the 24-year-old.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have clinched a big-name deal despite being outbid by their Premier League rivals’ £65,000-a-week offer.