West Ham have made an improved offer for Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri after having an initial bid turned down, according to a report.
The Hammers are searching for a new forward this month after selling Sebastian Haller to Ajax.
More recently, talk has picked up that En-Nesyri is also a firm consideration.
West Ham chiefs reportedly made a €30million (£27million) offer for the 23-year-old.
However, Estadio Deportivo later claimed that they needed to submit a ‘significantly higher’ bid to tempt Sevilla.
Now, La Razon says that the Hammers have followed suit with a fresh €40million (£35million) bid – an increase of €10million.
More crucially, though, the report adds that that figure matches the fee that Sevilla wanted for En-Nesyri.
Indeed, the fee equates to double the price that the Spanish club paid to sign him from Leganes last January.
However, there is no update on whether Sevilla have accepted the proposal.
The Spanish club are clearly bracing for his departure, though, by trying to sign attacking midfielder Otavio from Porto. The 25-year-old Brazilian’s contract expires at the end of the season and so would be a free signing.
But Calciomercato reports that AC Milan and Roma have also registered interest in the player.
En-Nesyri would provide experience
En-Nesyri, meanwhile, has proved a shrewd pickup by Sevilla since last January, the Moroccan scoring 19 goals in 52 games.
Thirteen of those have come this term, including nine in 18 LaLiga games.
Should he join West Ham, he would provide Champions League and Europa League experience, having scored four goals in six games in the former competition this season.
En-Nesyri also played his part in the Europa League last term as Sevilla triumphed after reaching the final.