By Peter Lynch

16th May, 2023 | 5:10pm

West Ham United in ‘front row’ to land 15-goal ace Boulaye Dia as ‘most profitable transfer ever’ verdict shared

West Ham are in the “front row” to sign Boulaye Dia this summer, according to Calciomercato.

The 26-year-old is currently plying his trade at Serie A club Salernitana, on loan from Spanish side Villarreal, although that move will turn permanent.

He has scored 15 goals this season, with that form reportedly attracting interest from many Premier League clubs, including the Irons as the race heats up.

“Boulaye is very popular in the Premier League, with West Ham in the front row, and he can enter the history of Salernitana not only for the goal scored in the derby against Napoli but also for the most profitable transfer ever,” according to Calciomercato.

“President [Danilo] Iervolino is ready to pay the €12million (£10.4million) expected for the buyout option into Villarreal’s coffers and already has a clear valuation of at least €30million in mind for the next summer market. Not a euro less.”

Dia transfer battle incoming

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West Ham’s need for more attacking firepower is evident, with the Hammers struggling to hit the heights expected of them in this area this season.

Gianluca Scamacca was brought in from Italy just last season, but he has definitely failed to recreate his Serie A form in his debut campaign in England.

His future at the club remains unclear, and West Ham will be desperate to avoid a similar scenario if they do make a move for Dia.

He has enjoyed a fine campaign for his temporary club, unsurprisingly catching the eye of many teams in England.

West Ham will most certainly have a battle on their hands for his signature, but they do, of course, need to secure their Premier League safety first and foremost before pursuing any transfer targets.

The idea that the Hammers are in the driving seat for his signature will be welcomed warmly by supporters, but as mentioned, the issue of their Premier League future is at the forefront of their minds, as is their ongoing Europa Conference League journey.