West Ham submit Belfodil offer, but face serious Serie A threat

West Ham have tabled an offer for Ishak Belfodil, but face genuine competition.

The Hammers are in the midst of a striker crisis, desperately requiring reinforcements up front to stave off the threat of relegation.

Marquee purchase Andy Carroll remains on the treatment table, whilst Modibo Maiga has misfired and Carlton Cole has been required to step up against the odds.

Belfodil had emerged as a prime option, needing consistent minutes at the club level to make Algeria’s World Cup squad per boss Vahid Halilhodzic.

And having been fed just a single Serie A start since moving to Inter over the summer, the striker has plenty of incentive to depart San Siro.

According to Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, West Ham submitted a formal bid for the Nerazzurri striker on Sunday morning to make interest concrete.

The Hammers’ offer reportedly would bring the Algerian to Upton Park on loan until the end of the season, but contains no option to purchase outright.

Di Marzio further maintains that Belfodil will assess the situation with his employers and could be in London for a medical by Tuesday.

However, West Ham’s plans still could be scuppered by ambitious Serie A minnows Sassuolo, who’ve tabled a €4 million bid for the 50% of the rights to the striker belonging to Parma.

The 21-year-old is still half owned by the Ducali and it’s believed the Emilia-Romagna club are more inclined to cash in their stake than see Belfodil loaned abroad.

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