West Ham’s striker signing hopes this winter appear to be swinging more firmly towards Reims hitman Boulaye Dia.
The player has revealed that he is waiting to see what transpires as the window ticks by but his agent has now spoken two or three times of the irons interest.
And a ClaretandHugh source close to the player has revealed that the club’s interest is real and that it could happen before the end of January.
We have reported previously that a broadcasting deal aimed at pumping billions into the French game has collapsed leaving many clubs with no alternatives but to sell on the cheap.
As a result the Hammers are looking keenly at the market and continuing their pursuiyt of the 24 year old.
The Reims striker claimed recently when talking to reporters that he could move NOW but added: The month is very long, but I am not thinking about that for the moment. We know my situation, I have a gentlemen’s agreement to leave. We will see.”
Dia scored two first-half goals for Reims against St Etienne in his latest game as the club won 3-1 and earlier his agent confirmed the Hammers had made an approach for the 24 year old who has bagged 12 goals in 24 games this season.
“Our source revealed: “The Hammers interest is real but the agent talking it up could be a double edged sword.
On the one hand it may put the Irons in pole position as things stand.but is aimed basically at getting other clubs interested. As I understand it that hasn’t happened so far.”