PL club close in on seven-figure deal for international striker wanted by West Ham - report
By Harvey Byrne
Premier League side Burnley are closing in on a seven-figure deal for sought-after Lorient striker Abdul Majeed Waris, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed on their live transfer blog (Tuesday, 1.06pm) that the Clarets look to have won the race for the 25-year-old forward with a £9million move close to completion.
It is said that each of West Ham, West Brom and Brighton also wanted the 25-time capped Ghana international, but Burnley have move quickly as they look to replace Andre Gray.
Sean Dyche’s men have already brought in Chris Wood from Leeds this week in a deal thought to be worth £15million and they are now said to be looking to add further to their forward line, which is believed to be Waris.
Waris is still contracted to the French Ligue 2 side until 2020 and last season he returned 11 goals in 40 outings in all competitions.
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Football Insider verdict:
This deal strikes at one where European clubs laugh at the money received from those in England. £9million is far too much for a striker in France’s second tier and therefore it is a huge risk for Burnley, who aren’t known for splashing the cash. The reported price could also be a reason as to why West Ham have not won the race for Waris and it is unlikely that the Hammers will be too upset to not be bringing in the Ghanaian this summer. The Hammers have already signed Javier Hernandez, who started well against Southampton on Saturday and if Slaven Bilic is able to get the squad playing they will soon forget about Waris.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have reopened talks over deal for international that would smash the club’s record.