West Ham United will reportedly turn to Ivory Coast international striker Wilfried Bony this summer, if they fail to sign Belgian Michy Batshuayi, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Premier League side, who currently sit fifth in the English top-flight standings following their most recent 2-2 draw away at Stamford Bridge to defending champions Chelsea, could make a move for Manchester City’s out-of-favour forward if they are unable to tempt Marseille star Batshuayi to the Olympic Stadium this summer.
The 27-year-old, who has 40 international caps for his country, has scored nine goals and provided five assists in 28 appearances in all competitions for Manuel Pellegrini’s side so far this season.
Bony, who is rated at around £20m by the Citizens, is the Hammers’ alternative transfer target, with midfielder Dimitri Payet trying to help the Londoners bring his former teammate Batshuayi to West Ham following his successful switch from Ligue 1 last year.
The Ivorian is set to leave the Etihad Stadium after the 2015-16 campaign nonetheless, with new incoming boss Pep Guardiola expected to bring in a whole new host of recruits.