West Ham United will have a £27million bid for a much sought-after La Liga goalscorer rebuffed, according to several reports.
The Hammers have been eagerly scouting the transfer market for a new striker. The club let Sebastian Haller leave for Ajax earlier in January and are in a hurried search for a replacement.
David Moyes has been eyeing several options over the course of the month, including Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri.
In fact, the London outfit are supposedly preparing a €30million (£27million) bid for the 23-year-old, according to Sport Witness.
West Ham would reportedly offer €25million up front with another €5million in add-ons.
However, the source claims Sevilla have made it clear that the Premier League club are not even in the right ball park price-wise.
Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo, based in Sevilla, go further. According to the newspaper (via Sport Witness) West Ham’s bid is ‘clearly insufficient’ and the club would need to make a ‘significantly higher’ offer.
It moots that even if an asking price is met, the La Liga giants would need to find a replacement for En-Nesyri before the window slams shut in less than a fortnight.
And it is unlikely they would put themselves in such a position so late in the day.
En-Nesyri has had an impressive campaign so far, scoring 12 goals in 25 games for Sevilla.
The Morocco international helped his club qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, finishing a point behind Chelsea in Group E.
Another striker on Moyes’ radar
Meanwhile, West Ham are also mulling over a bid for a Ligue 1 attacker.
Gaetan Laborde of Montpellier is reportedly of interest to David Moyes and co.
The former France under-20 international has netted six times and set up six more so far this season.
The 26-year-old has two-and-a-half years left on his contract but West Ham may be lining up a £16million bid for him anyway.