West Ham United are close to finally adding a striker to their squad. In fact, like London buses two are coming along at once and both are Ayew’s!
The Hammers £8m bid for Jordan Ayew, 24, was accepted by Aston Villa yesterday and talks have begun with the player’s agent. Villa are poised to sign Fulham’s Ross McCormack, 29, having triggered his £12m release clause and are prepared to let Ayew leave Villa Park.
Meanwhile, West Ham are putting the finishing touches on a £16m bid for Jordan’s brother, Andre, 26. Swansea are seeking to bring in Fernando Llorente, 29, in a £5m deal which will free the Ghanaian to join his brother at the Olympic Stadium.
It’s been a frustrating summer for Hammers boss Slaven Bilic as he watched a series of targets move elsewhere. Now, he is set to add to his squad at last with two strikers who have Premier League experience.
He was reportedly interested in Mario Gomez, 31, with the German international keen to move on from Fiorentina. Barcelona and Dortmund are both talking to the striker who is not willing to return to Besiktas where he spent a successful season on loan, due to the political turmoil in Turkey.
Now, the Croat is likely to land two targets as the club seeks to progress to the Europa League through the qualifying rounds. They trail Slovenian side NK Domzale 1 – 2 after the first leg with the return at the Olympic Stadium this evening. It’s the Hammers first match at their new ground since leaving Upton Park at the end of last season.
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