By Russell Edge
West Ham are ready to battle it out for the signature of Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Hammers are set to go up against Bony’s former side Swansea in a bid to sign the 28-year-old in a deal worth £15m.
The Ivory Coast striker has spent the season on loan at Stoke but has struggled for the Potters, scoring just two goals in 10 Premier League appearances.
He arrived in the top flight after signing for Swansea and made an immediate impact, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances in his debut season.
He scored nine goals in the first half of the next season before making a January move to Manchester City for £28m, signing a deal keeping him at the club until 2019.
However he has scored just six goals in 36 appearances for the Sky Blues, and they are prepared to let him depart this summer at a cut price.
Bony who has scored 15 goals in 52 international appearances, is said to have strong interest from clubs in China, but he still feels he has a point to prove in the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
Wilfried Bony has proven himself as a Premier League quality striker, but has struggled for the last few years. Just eight top flight strikes in the last three seasons should ring alarm bells for managers, but it seems plenty are willing to make a move for the 28-year-old. For the Hammers, Bony would offer a strong physical presence up front, something they lack when injury prone target man Andy Carroll is out. He would offer good competition for the Geordie striker, and give Slaven Bilic another option up top. Plus, £15m would be a steal if they could get him back to playing at his very best. He’s got to be considered a risk though, and what West Ham really need is a guaranteed source of top-flight goals.
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