Sky: West Ham want to sign £28m international to solve crisis

By Tom Blackburn

West Ham want to sign Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony to resolve their striker crisis, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim that the club are desperate to sign a striker after missing out on Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke and Carlos Bacca, and sources have told them they now have their sights firmly set on Bony.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic said on Sunday, after their victory over Bournemouth, that he rates Bony and he would be discussing transfers with the club on Monday morning.

“Bony is a good player, by the way, but I don’t know, I told the chairman and the director of recruitment that we’d speak after the game on Monday morning… If we get one it’s going to be a good one,” he told Sky Sports.

The Mail claimed last week that Slaven Bilic’s side have enquired over the availability of Manchester City outcast Bony as he is not part of Pep Guardiola’s plans.

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

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old Ivory Coast international has Premier League pedigree, scoring 32 goals and supplying 10 assists in 90 matches in the competition.

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 and is said to be keen on making a move to the Olympic Stadium.

The East London clubs thought they had resolved their attacking shortages by signing Andre Ayew for a club record £20.5million, but he was injured in his debut against Chelsea last week.

Their problems were compounded last week when it was confirmed Andy Carroll would be out until October after picking up an injury in their Europa League tie against Astra Giurgiu.

In other West Ham transfer news, a boost for them as Newcastle will consider offers for reported £10million-rated international.