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18th Jul, 2016 | 3:56pm

West Ham given fresh hope for striker deal after Italian club make decision - report

By Alex Taylor

Italian outfit Fiorentina are looking to sell West Ham target Khouma Babacar this summer to raise cash, according to reports.

Italian publication Corriere dello sport-Stadio, cited by Calcio Mercato, claim the Serie A club want to sell the striker, who has been linked with an £8.4million move to the Premier League.

It is said that West Ham and Crystal Palace are among the clubs keeping close tabs on the Senegal international.

The report says that the Serie A side are hoping to re-invest the money in their own squad in the current transfer window.

Babacar, who has three years left on his Fiorentina contract, scored seven goals in 2015-16 as he struggled to beat off competition from fellow teammate Nikola Kalinic.

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This has opened the door for West Ham to take the pacy 23-year-old to the Olympic stadium.

The Hammers have made it clear that they are in the market for a new striker with the likes of Carlos Bacca, Alexandre Lacazette, Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi all strongly linked with a move to east London.

Slaven Bilic’s side enjoyed a successful final season at the Boleyn ground last term by scoring 65 goals and finishing in a Europa League place.

But Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia only managed 18 goals between them as the forwards struggled to cement their place in an attacking side.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers snub the chance to sign an all-time Premier League great, despite the strike willing to take a huge pay cut in order to make the move.