By Wayne Veysey
West Ham have made an approach to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson as they intensify their search for proven goalscorers, Football Insider can reveal.
The Hammers are on the lookout for two senior forwards after giving the green light for Marko Arnautovic to join Shanghai SIPG for £25million.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club will use the money to part-fund two striker signings, one of whom they hope to be Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez.
Manuel Pellegrini has instructed the club to step up their pursuit of Wilson, and the source explained the manager regards the England international as a “priority”.
West Ham face major hurdles to land the Cherries front man, as he is valued at £50million after he earned his first England cap last season.
The striker has three years left on his current deal, and Bournemouth are confident his value will not decrease as he is proven in the Premier League, scoring 15 goals and supplying 10 assists in 33 matches last season.
A Hammers delegation were in Spain yesterday trying to thrash out a deal for Gomez as they look to beat Valencia to his signature.
Should their pursuit fail, the Premier League club have alternative targets in place and they include West Brom’s Salomon Rondon as well as Wilson.
They will make a new bid for Rondon after their opening offer was knocked back, and are hopeful of beating Newcastle United and clubs on the Continent in the race for his signature.
In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that the club set to submit a £14million player bid after Premier League rivals pull out of the race.