By Harvey Byrne

Slaven Bilic has confirmed his interest in Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony.

The Croatian manager revealed on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Astra Giurgiu that he is looking to sign a forward and that the Ivory Coast international is an option.

“He (Bony) is also an option because he plays in the position we are looking for. I leave negotiations to the Chairman and Tony Henry,” said Bilic, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

The revelation follows Bilic’s interview with Sky Sports where he said he wanted to bring in one more ‘good’ signings before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

West Ham are understood to be searching for an attacking option after new £20.5million signing Andre Ayew and spearhead Andy Carroll have both suffered long-term injuries.

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The club’s pursuits of AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca and Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon have also been well documented this summer.

Bony, 27, is on the hunt for regular first-team football again, but the Sun report that Bony has already rejected a move to the Chinese Super League this summer.

The striker joined City for £28million from Swansea in January 2015 but has notched just six Premier League goals in that time and has found it difficult to make the starting line-up, where his path has been blocked by Sergio Aguero.

In other West Ham transfer news, Rotherham have made an approach to sign Hammers youngster Reece Burke on loan.