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22nd Mar, 2017 | 6:00am

Report: West Ham interest in £33m striker is firm, bid prepared

By Dominic Toner

West Ham are considering a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is in the market for a forward in the summer and is ready to make a bid to sign Chelsea’s 23-year-old.

The report details that it’s more likely the Blues will prefer a season-long loan switch over a permeant deal.

It is understood West Ham had a £31million bid accepted for Batshuayi in the summer, before he opted for a £33million move to Stamford Bridge.

However, the Belgium international could now be regretting his decision after a frustrating first season with Chelsea.

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The forward has been on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s squad this campaign and made just 23 appearances across all competitions.

He has featured 16 times in the Premier League and they have all come as a substitute.

Batshuayi has managed seven goals in return, but has found it very difficult to challenge Diego Costa for a starting role.

He did prove his prolific touch in front of goal last season, scoring 23 goals in 50 appearance for French club Marseille.

Football Insider verdict:

West Ham certainly need to bolster their attacking options in the summer as that position has played a big role in their disappointing season. Batshuayi is a player that the Hammers wanted before and he surely has the physical attributes to be successful in the Premier League. He has been unable to showcase his talents at Stamford Bridge this season, but that should not put off Bilic from making a move. It is believed a loan move could be on the cards, something that could work well for West Ham to find out his talents in England. Batshuayi is a player that will be desperate to prove himself next season and Bilic should capitalise on that, and make him a summer priority.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club are prepared to reignite a move for a Premier League playmaker.

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