West Ham set sights on African powerhouse to bolster attack despite Zaza deal - report
By Tom Blackburn
West Ham are still interested in a loan for Wilfried Bony despite securing a deal for Simone Zaza, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that boss Slaven Bilic has not given up on a six month loan deal for the Ivory Coast international, who is unwanted by Pep Guardiola.
Bilic confirmed on Wednesday that Manchester City striker Bony, 28, was an option for the club as they looked to end their striker crisis.
SB: "He (Bony) is also an option because he plays in the position we are looking for. I leave negotiations to the Chairman and Tony Henry.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 24, 2016
The club agreed a deal with Juventus for Simone Zaza on Friday and it had appeared as though Bony would no longer be required.
Bilic has admitted to being delighted to have finally landed Italy striker Zaza, who scored five goals in 19 Serie A appearances last season.
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“It’s very positive and it’s a boost,” he said, as quoted by the Mirror. “We’ve been trying for a long time now to get a top-quality striker and he was always mentioned.”
Despite Bilic’s claims to the contrary, it is said Bony is still an option for a short-term deal until January when he is expected to leave Manchester City for China.
Bony, 27, is on the hunt for regular first-team football again, but the Sun report that Bony has already rejected a move to the Chinese Super League this summer.
The striker joined City for £28million from Swansea in January 2015 but has notched just six Premier League goals in that time and has found it difficult to make the starting line-up, where his path has been blocked by Sergio Aguero.
In other West Ham transfer news, Jack Sullivan has said their latest signing has jetted to the UK and was heading to his house.