By Pranav Shahaney

11th Dec, 2021 | 10:10am

West Ham make contact to sign Clermont striker Mohamed Bayo

West Ham have reportedly informed Clermont that they’re keen on signing their striker Mohamed Bayo in January.

According to French media outlet Le 10 Sport, at least three English clubs are hot on the heels of the 23-year-old striker.

The Ligue 1 side want a fee in the region of £17million to part ways with the Guinea international and the Hammers are willing to match their asking rate.

They’re also open to the idea of signing him in January and immediately loaning him back to Clermont until the end of the season.

Good move

Bayo has been someone who’s been on the Hammers’ radar for a while and if the only way to sign him is to loan him back, then so be it.

Clermont only recently extended his deal until 2024, so it’s going to take a fee of £17million to get them to part ways with the striker.

For a 23-year-old with such a huge potential, that’s a relative bargain and one the club must consider at all costs.

The club have been looking for a number nine since Sebastien Haller’s departure and may have found the perfect one in Bayo.

This season, they can make do with Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Sonny Perkins to lead the line.

It remains to be seen whether this actually transpires or if the Hammers are willing to pay extra to sign him permanently in January.

In other West Ham news, the club want to sign a ‘Breathtaking’ Champions League forward who’s keen on moving to the Premier League

Be sure to follow West Ham Zone on Facebook and Twitter for 24/7 updates on the Hammers and more exclusive interviews with Frank McAvennie