West Ham United are looking to sign Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer according to The Sun, after seemingly missing out on their attempt in securing Liverpool’s Andy Carroll on a permanent deal.
With Carroll hoping to either try and prove himself one more time at Anfield or return to his hometown club Newcastle United, Sam Allardyce is setting his sights on the powerful forward, and it really would be a great coup if the highly-rated youngster were to arrive at Upton Park.
Bony, rated £12m, would be a cheaper option than the £17m-rated Liverpool loanee, and with a total of 16 league goals in 18 games for his club this season, the Ivory Coast international would be a welcome addition to a side hoping to build on a solid start to their first Premier League season since promotion last summer.
The 24-year-old is a proven goalscorer, having also been prolific at former club Sparta Prague, and after appearing in the African Cup of Nations this month, West Ham would be hopeful in signing a young international forward who has already been capped 15 times for a country boasting a whole host of attacking talent.
At 6 feet tall, Bony is not exactly a like-for like replacement for Carroll, but he possesses a tremendous amount of strength and agility, which would be well suited to the English game.
Both Liverpool and Newcastle were reportedly interested in Bony in January, but although the transfer is ambitious for the Hammers, it is not unlikely for a club with big ambitions.