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18th Jul, 2016 | 1:51pm

Report: West Ham face battle over 17-in-35 striker, rivals make approach

By Alex Taylor

Leicester have entered the race for key West Ham target Wassim Ben Yedder, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that the Hammers now face serious competition from the Premier Champions for the signature of the Toulouse forward.

The report says that Leicester have registered their interested in the player as Claudio Ranieri looks to bolster his attacking options this summer.

Yedder scored 17 times in 35 Ligue 1 appearances last season, as his side narrowly avoided relegation by one point.

The 25-year-old has spent his entire career in the south of France, since signing his first professional contract in 2010.

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He has just one year left on his current deal which could help West Ham secure the move.

The East London side are becoming more frantic in their search for a striker, with Enner Valencia and Diafro Sacko both expected to leave this summer.

Valencia has been heavily linked with Lazio and Swansea, with the former in pole position, and if that transfer goes through they will be relying on Andy Carroll as their lone striker.

The reports that Tevez may be returning to West Ham were quashed further on Friday when Boca Juniors vice-president Royco Ferrari said no approach had been made.

In other West Ham news, their fans have reacted on Twitter to Demba Ba breaking his leg in horrific circumstances.