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West Ham still in talks over £25m striker, bid already rejected – report

West Ham have a fight on their hands to land Lorient striker Terem Moffi as French outfit Nice have joined the race, according to the Daily Star (14 January, page 49).

The Hammers are looking to bolster their forward department this month, and have earmarked Moffi as an option. They have had a bid rejected already, with Lorient demanding a fee of around £25million.

Southampton are also in the race for his signature, and both clubs are still in talks to lure the striker to move to the Premier League over the next couple of weeks.

The Daily Mail (13 January, page 72), reported that a deal for Moffi could be “beyond their budget”, but it seems the Hammers are still trying to persuade Lorient to lower their asking price a bit.

The Daily Express journalist, Ryan Taylor said on his Youtube channel (11 January; 21.11) that the French club are willing to do business this month, and probably that’s why the Hammers have not given up on the chase to sign the 23-year-old who is in red-hot form at the moment.

He has scored 11 goals in 17 appearances in Ligue 1 this season and was simply outstanding against PSG (6 November) in their 2-1 defeat.

West Ham signed Gianluca Scamacca in the summer from Sassuolo for a big-money transfer fee, but he hasn’t been able to light up the Premier League as many had expected.

Meanwhile, Michail Antonio has been linked this week with a move to Wolves. David Moyes is reluctant to sell the 32-year-old striker, but the club could be willing to offload him if they find a replacement.

Moffi could be a terrific addition to the club, but whether Moyes considers him as a replacement for Antonio remains to be seen.