Manchester City have been at the forefront of the race for Stade Rennais star Jeremy Doku, but they now have competition from their Premier League counterparts.
The Hammers have been eager to reinforce their attacking department at the behest of manager David Moyes, and they have ramped up efforts to fulfil the Scotsman’s wishes.
Doku is firmly on their radar, and reports have it they have launched an opening bid as they look to wrap up a deal before the transfer window closes.
Rennes manager Bruno Genesio has opened up on the possibility of Doku departing Roazhon Park this summer and admitted that offers have arrived for the youngster.
Although he stopped short of revealing details of the proposals on their desk, it is believed Man City and West Ham have submitted offers.
Rennes have slapped a £50 million asking price on their Belgian jewel, but West Ham’s offer falls short of the mark.
However, the final decision on his next destination will be determined by Doku, who has established himself as one of the most promising young wingers in European football.
The 21-year-old has accumulated significant top-flight experience after making 91 appearances for Rennes, registering 12 goals and ten assists.
His exceptional abilities also make him a regular for the Belgium national team, where he has bagged two goals in 14 appearances.
The race for Doku’s signature could go down to the wire, but the youngster will have his pick of the bunch, assuming prospective suitors can strike an agreement with his club.
West Ham can offer regular first-team football, while Spurs present the chance to compete at a top level – although their negotiating position is significantly weakened without the prospect of European football.
Man City will offer a chance to win trophies, making them an obvious choice, but competition for first-team minutes will be tricky for Doku to navigate at the Etihad Stadium.
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