Crystal Palace have stolen a lead on West Ham in the race for the signature of Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar, according to a report.
The Guardian now place Roy Hodgson’s side ahead of the east Londoners as the favourites to sign the hitman after lodging a £15million bid for the forward.
It had been claimed by The Sun that the player’s agent had been pushing to get his client a move to the Premier League.
And West Ham manager David Moyes was thought to be keen on bringing the Senegal international to the London Stadium on a loan deal, particularly with the Hammers rumoured to be offloading Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez and Diafra Sakho.
Chelsea are believed to be in for Carroll, while Sakho has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs.
The Hammers still have some work to do before they can guarantee their league status and Moyes will need to maintain a strong attack if they are going to be playing in the English top flight next season.
Football Insider verdict:
It is probably best that the Hammers drop their interest in the forward and concentrate on getting the best out of the players they already have. Moyes has not placed much faith in Hernandez since he was appointed manager of the club, but the ‘Little Pea’ is a proven goalscorer and the Scot ought to give the Mexican more game time so the forward can prove his worth. As for Carroll, there are goals there if he can remain injury free and Sakho is dangerous. Babacar is yet to start a game this season for Fiorentina and despite bagging five goals for the Italian’s, he is an unproven quantity.
In other West Ham United transfer news, the Hammers face a fight with Euro giants for defender Castro.
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