Hammers told it’s a buy not loan for top striker target


batshThe Irons are set to make a firm offer to buy Michy Batshuyai with Chelsea disinterested in letting the player out on loan.

The Belgian striker has failed to make a single Premier League start for the Blues this season despite 17 substitute appearances for the West London team but he has remained bang at the top of the Hammers wanted list despite scoring just one goal.

And Slaven Bilic – knowing that this year’s transfer funds will be bolstered by £25 million still in the bank from last season’s failed efforts to get a top target – is pushing for ‘Bats.’

The Hammers would be ready to take him on a year’s loan but the Blues are keen to sell if they can get back the £33 million they paid for him. They are planning big-money striker signings this summer ahead of a return to the Champions League, so would prefer to move him on permanently.

The Hammers thought they had him in the bag last June but Chelsea’s last minute swoop snatched him from under their noses.

Since then we have seen our injury woes worsen and the club will be open to offers for Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Beanie says:

    I really hope we get this guy as I think he’s built for the premiership, and he is the right age, but hopefully at a reduced amount say 20-25mil

  • Hammer64 says:

    Isn’t he the one who said he would only go to a team in the CL?

  • mooro66uk says:

    That was before he began to get splinters in his arris. Now he’s had a reality check.

  • Dicksyland says:

    Absolutely top signing. Praying this gets done. He will transform our team. A monster signing if it happens.

  • GW says:

    We cannot afford to let the China Doll leave! We’ll be relegated before the end of October and doomed to eternal misery and disaster without him according to our more intellectual fan base 😀😀

    • Stan The Man says:

      I always thought the term know alls was more appropriate for some of them gw.Bull**** baffles brains and all that lol

      • GW says:

        Stan I’m just wondering how the club even survived over the last 100 years without him 😀😀

  • Eug says:

    The guy we should be moving heaven and earth to buy is Kelechi Iheanacho. The guy is young and a goal scoring machine. He would walk into any other team in the Premier league. Its only that his at Man C with so many world class players in front of him that he is not playing regularly for them. He is going to be immense.

  • winslow says:

    Sod him, he turned us down last season so why bother, surely if he had any potential Chelsea would keep him, Conte is no fool and clearly see’s he’s not a prem player…

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