By Nick Ware

10th Oct, 2021 | 10:10am

Brighton join West Ham in race to sign £10m-rated Mohamed Bayo

Brighton are rivalling West Ham in pursuit of 23-year-old Clermont striker Mohamed Bayo, according to The Sun.

It is claimed that the Seagulls have made an approach to Clermont over the Guinea international forward who has scored five goals and supplied two assists in eight Ligue 1 appearances this season.

His goalscoring exploits have shot him up to joint-third in the top scorer charts, ahead of PSG superstars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, despite the 2021/22 campaign being his first in France’s top division.

Brighton are said to be waiting for the bidding to commence for Bayo’s services, with Bordeaux already making their move for the French-born forward.

Clermont want around £10million for their star striker, who has scored in successive October appearances for his country against Sudan.

One slight catch…

At the risk of sounding repetitive, West Ham need another centre-forward option to co-exist with Michail Antonio.

That need is pretty urgent, as it would not be a surprise to see the Irons star pull up with an injury between now and January.

However, one issue with signing Bayo during the winter transfer window is that he will be jetting off to the Africa Cup of Nations during January, meaning his participation in a number of games would be doubtful if he were to be brought in at the start of the month.

However, Guinea are not exactly powerhouses of African football, and wouldn’t be expected to go far in the competition, perhaps not even making it out of the group stages.

Bayo has flown out of the blocks this season, causing a stir in Ligue 1, and his 6ft2in frame would serve him well in the Premier League.

West Ham must do battle with Brighton over him now, though.

In other West Ham news, the Irons want to sign this 22-year-old La Liga breakout star with a ‘very attractive’ release clause.

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