West Ham have reportedly launched a record bid to lure in Marseille’s striker Michy Batshuayi, according to The Guardian. However, the Hammers are facing heavy competition.
West Ham are understood to be in talks over Batshuayi with the French club and any deal would break their record transfer fee, which currently stands at the £15 million the club paid Liverpool to sign Andy Carroll.
According to reports in France, Marseille are under pressure to balance their books and deliver on the budget that they had presented to the league’s financial watchdog the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (DNCG).
Therefore, Marseille are keen to receive a transfer fee higher than the £24 million they acquired from Chelsea for Didier Drogba, with West Ham launching a record £31 million bid for the 22-year-old.
Slaven Bilic and the Hammers have followed Batshuayi for awhile and tried to get the Belgium international during the January transfer window, without success.
Batshuayi has provided 16 goals and nine assists this season for a poor Marseille team, also sparking interest from the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, and Juventus.