Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has emerged as a potential summer transfer target for West Ham United, according to The Telegraph.
The Hammers are believed to be considering the Ivory Coast international as a back-up option should they miss out on landing first-choice signing Michy Batshuayi.
Slaven Bilic will likely face stiff competition in his bid to bring the Marseille striker to Upton Park, with Tottenham also said to be keeping tabs on the 22-year-old.
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Bony is one of numerous forwards on West Ham’s summer shortlist, which also includes Liverpool’s Christian Benteke and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.
While the Hammers are on track to secure the incentive of European football next season, relatively modest financial resources could scupper their ambitious transfer plans.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan, who has claimed the club wanted to sign Bony over Andy Carroll in 2013, admits the wages the Ivorian and Benteke are pocketing at City and Liverpool could represent a significant issue.
City are reportedly open to considering offers of around £20 million for the out-of-favour Bony with incoming manager Pep Guardiola expected to conduct an expensive squad overhaul during the off-season.
Bony, who joined the Sky Blues from Swansea for around £30 million in January last year, has struggled to emulate the impressive goalscoring form he produced at the Welsh club and Vitesse Arnhem beforehand.
It may be in the 27-year-old's interest to leave the Etihad having failed to justify his hefty price tag and reported £100,000-a-week contract with just ten goals for the Premier League giants.
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