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PL winner set to turn down move to France, West Ham and PL rivals on alert - report

By Will Butcher

West Ham are on alert as Claudio Ranieri is set to reject a move to Ligue 1 giants Nice in favour of the Premier League, according to a report.

The Mirror claims this could interest West Ham, as the future of current, under-fire boss Slaven Bilic continues to be a topic for debate.

Sky Sports claimed earlier that the Croat boss’ future will be discussed at the end of the season, which could see him out of a job ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Former Leicester boss Ranieri, who inspired the Foxes’ title-winning campaign last term, is out of work after being sacked by Leicester earlier this season despite his heroics in 2015-16.

The report states that Ranieri will turn down a move to Nice because he wants to remain in the Premier League, with Southampton also thought to be keen as Claude Puel’s future is in doubt.

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Bilic has seen his side fail to replicate the successes of last season since the move to the London Stadium, losing double the amount of matches this time round as they sit in 12th.

The former Besiktas boss inspired his side to Europa League qualification in seventh last time round, with Dimitri Payet firing on all cylinders as the Hammers lost just eight league games.

However, Bilic could now be set to leave and replaced by Italian Ranieri in the summer, if the Hammers board decide to axe their current boss.

Ranieri, 65, has managed a huge 209 Premier League matches after spells with Leicester as well as Chelsea, spending four years at Stamford Bridge between 2000 and 2004.

In other West Ham news, this Premier League striker is the Hammers’ priority summer signing according to an insider.

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