West Ham fall €5m short with opening bid for major attacking target

Samuel Bannister

West Ham have made their first offer for Reims striker Boulaye Dia, but have not met the asking price yet, according to reports.

Dia is one of the main names to be linked with West Ham as they search for a new striker to replace Sebastien Haller.

Haller struggled to live up to his club-record price tag during his 18-month spell at West Ham. Therefore, they decided to cut their losses and sold him for a cheaper fee to Ajax.

Now, they are scrambling for reinforcements. A plethora of potential targets have already beeen linked.

Their interest in Dia seems to be serious. The 24-year-old has scored 12 goals from 17 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, building on the promise he had shown over the past couple of years.

Dia was linked with Manchester United back in October, but West Ham may be a more likely destination. They are not the only suitor, though, as Newcastle could also bid for him.

The Hammers have made the first move, though. According to Telefoot Chaine, West Ham have tabled a €10m bid for the Senegal international.


That has not been enough to tempt Reims into a sale yet, though. The French side want €15m before they will allow Dia to depart.

However, they will listen to offers for their star striker, so it may not be the end of the road for West Ham’s pursuit.

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Other targets snub Prem move

Dia was already of interest to West Ham, but their focus on him may have to heighten in the wake of other targets agreeing different moves.

For example, Moussa Dembele from Lyon was one ambitious option. However, he is now close to joining Atletico Madrid as a replacement for Diego Costa instead.

Likewise, there were whispers about a potential swoop for Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic. Instead, it seems the Serbia international will return to former club Eintracht Frankfurt.

That means West Ham are re-aligning their focus – and Dia’s impressive goals-to-games ratio may convince them to continue their pursuit of him.

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