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Date published: Tuesday 19th July 2016 11:22

Ben Yedder: Back on West Ham radar

West Ham have reportedly made a fresh approach for Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder as they desperately hunt for a new striker.

The Guardian report that the Hammers have sounded out Ben Yedder’s representative Meissa N’Diaye after first making an approach in January for the 25-year-old.

Leicester are also reported to be tracking the French player, who could be available for around €10m with just one year left on his contract with the Ligue 1 side.

Ben Yedder has been a model of consistency for Toulouse in the last four seasons, scoring 63 times in 156 Ligue 1 appearances, whilst also managing 20 assists. He blasted 17 of Toulouse’s 45 goals last term from 35 appearances as the southern outfit just avoided relegation and despite having just 12 months left on his deal his value has risen since the turn of the year.

France Football claimed in January that Tottenham Hotspur had a £6.1m bid for Ben Yedder rejected and the player was believed to be furious with the decision.

West Ham are continuing to wait on a decision from AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca after agreeing a £26million fee with the Serie A club, but the Colombian on Friday claimed he was looking to play in the Champions League – seemingly ruling out a move to the Hammers.

Wissam Ben Yedder

Bids for Michy Batshuayi, Alexandre Lacazette and Christian Benteke have all proved fruitless and club’s co-owner David Sullivan will not allow any of Slaven Bilic’s fringe men, like Diafra Sakho, leave until replacements are found.

“He is not for sale until we get players in. Until we bring strikers in, we simply cannot let strikers go,” said Sullivan.

The Senegal striker has handed in a transfer request at the club in order to push through a move to Sunderland, who are believed to have had an £11million offer turned down earlier this summer.

The tabloid also claim a season-long deal for Argentinian striker Jonathan Calleri is also “close to completion”.

Calleri, 22, made his name at Boca Juniors before signing for the Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado in January. He has spent the past six months on loan at the Brazilian club Sao Paulo but is now set to move to West Ham despite interest from Sevilla.

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