By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have placed Premier League duo Dusan Tadic and Michy Batshuayi as their top targets for this summer, according to a report.
The Sun has claimed that the Southampton winger and Chelsea forward are among their top three targets for the upcoming window with Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho also said to be on manager Slaven Bilic’s radar.
It is detailed in the report that Tadic, 28, would cost around £15million, while Batshuayi could be available on a loan deal.
Of course, West Ham have also already signed Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer deal and after signing a number of players from across Europe in the last campaign it looks as though Bilic is changing his transfer methods after an 11th placed finish in the Premier League last season.
Experienced attacker Tadic played in 33 top-flight matches for Southampton in the last campaign, returning three goals and six assists, but he spoke out against current Saints boss Claude Puel back in March after being subbed off in multiple matches.
Meanwhile, Batshuayi has struggled to break into champions Chelsea’s team after signing for a huge £33.2million from Marseille last summer.
Manager Bilic will currently be scouring the summer market for players who he feels can help take West Ham back in Europe after last season’s disappointment.
Football Insider verdict:
After bringing in such flops as Simone Zaza, Jonathan Calleri, Gokhan Tore and Alvaro Arbeloa from across Europe last summer bringing in players from the Premier League is certainly a better route to go down. However, Tadic has been very inconsistent for the Saints this season, while Batshuayi hasn’t set England alight following his move. Now, they may rediscover their past form in east London, but an up and coming player like Iheanacho would certainly be a top quality signing for West Ham given that he’s shown he has what it takes to make a name for himself in the Premier League. Therefore, the Hammers should ensure they sign up the Nigerian before looking elsewhere.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are reportedly set to rival Inter Milan for 26-year-old.