By Wayne Veysey

5th Jan, 2017 | 7:35am

Odds slashed: West Ham installed strong favourites to sign PL midfield goal machine

By Harry Sykes

West Ham have been installed odds-on favourites to sign Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass this month.

Bookmaker SkyBet have slashed the odds on Snodgrass moving from the north-east to the London Stadium to 8/11.

Second favourites Newcastle are priced at a very distant 16/1 to land the Scotland international in a clear sign that there have been a series of heavy bets wagered on West Ham signing him.

The Hammers’ odds have narrowed significantly in the last 48 hours, which comes days after Snodgrass revealed that he has rejected the offer of a new contract from Hull.

The 29-year-old has been Hull’s outstanding player on their return to the top flight this season, with his tally of nine goals in all competitions bettered by only one Premier League midfielder, Tottenham’s Dele Alli.

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Snodgrass, who has scored seven of his goals from 19 league matches, is renowned for his set-piece ability and technical prowess.

West Ham manager Slaven 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.

Only Michail Antonio, who has netted eight times in the Premier League, has scored more than three league goals for the club this season.

West Ham have tabled two bids for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, with the second offer of £6million emphatically rejected on Wednesday.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club have made it clear they will pay what it takes to complete the signing of this world-class ace in January.