West Ham United eye Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony
Published 30/03/2016 | 19:11
West Ham United have added Wilfried Bony to the list of strikers the club will work their way through if they cannot land Michy Batshuayi.
Marseille striker Batshuayi is West Ham’s top summer target, but the east Londoners face considerable competition for his signature – not least from rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Dimitri Payet is helping West Ham to try to convince his old Marseille team-mate Batshuayi to move to Upton Park, with manager Slaven Bilic hoping to meet the player, but the club realise they could still miss out.
With that in mind, West Ham already have a list of alternatives that Manchester City striker Bony is on, along with Liverpool’s Christian Benteke and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.
City are open to selling £20 million-rated Bony at the end of the season, with new manager Pep Guardiola poised to sign a host of new recruits.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has claimed he wanted to sign Bony instead of Andy Carroll in the summer of 2013, when the Ivory Coast international joined Swansea City from Vitesse Arnhem.
Bony was a huge success at Swansea, but has struggled at City and has scored just 10 goals for the club since joining for almost £30m in January last year.
Sullivan has already admitted that Benteke’s Anfield wages of around £120,000-a-week represent a big problem for West Ham and would need to be subsidised by Liverpool.
There could also be a similar issue with Bony, who earns £100,000-a-week, plus a £20,000 game bonus which the Hammers would not be prepared to pay.
Lyon value Lacazette at £22m and both he and Batshuayi would fit comfortably in to the West Ham wage structure.
Tottenham are in the market for a new striker to play with and deputise for Harry Kane, and believe Batashuayi, who has scored 17 goals for Marseille, would fit the bill.