By Kevin Campbell

14th Jun, 2022 | 3:37pm

West Ham can seal Emmanuel Dennis signing for cut-price fee after journalist's update - Campbell

Kevin Campbell suspects West Ham will not meet Watford’s valuation for striker Emmanuel Dennis this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton forward predicted the Hammers “will negotiate hard” to exploit the fact Watford got relegated last season.

Dennis impressed during his first season in the Premier League despite the Hornets suffering relegation.

A recruitment source told Football Insider (21 May) that Watford are ready to cash in on their star striker this summer in light of their return to the Championship.

His representatives were in London last month to hold talks with interested clubs, including West Ham.

According to The Athletic‘s Adam Leventhal (10 June), the Hammers have indicated that they are willing to pay £20million to sign Dennis.

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However, Watford are said to be holding out for a fee of around £25million.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Dennis potentially joining David Moyes’ side, Campbell said: “Is Dennis worth £25million?

“Yeah, he probably is. He looked sharp last season.

“But the fact of the matter is Watford went down. They are in the Championship now so Dennis will probably go to the highest bidder.

“To Watford, £20million would be a lot of money. I think West Ham will negotiate hard on that one.”

Dennis contributed 10 goals and six assists in 35 appearances last season.

He has four years remaining on his contract at Vicarage Road.

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