West Ham-linked striking sensation to open new contract talks in Italy

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Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar is set to discuss a new contract with the Serie A club.

West Ham's start to the season has been beyond their wildest dreams, with home wins over Liverpool and Manchester City - last season's top two in the Premier League - demonstrating how far the club have come over the summer.

The additions of Carl Jenkinson, Alex Song, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho have really given Sam Allardyce's side a boost as they transition fantastically to playing a 4-3-1-2 system this term.

Senegalese striker Sakho has been the star of the show so far, scoring in each of his starts for the Hammers to smash goalscoring records at Upton Park.

The success of Sakho and Ecuadorian World Cup star Enner Valencia hasn't stopped speculation surrounding possible January moves for strikers though, particularly concerning Fiorentina's Khouma Babacar.

The 21-year-old, a compatriot of Sakho, has long been tipped for stardom, and after hitting 20 goals during a loan spell with Serie B side Modena last season, he seems to finally found his feet.

Upon returning to Florence, Babacar has hit four goals in just nine games for Vincenzo Montella's side this season, but his goalscoring exploits have led to more links with West Ham - a year after Babacar admitted there was interest from Allardyce's men.

In a bid to make sure that they don't lose their new prized asset, Fiorentina are believed to be entering contract negotiations with Babacar, in a bid to tie him down past his current deal, which expires in 2016.

With the success of Sakho and Valencia, as well as the return of Andy Carroll, it's unlikely that West Ham would've made a concrete bid for Babacar, but extending his contract would put an end to any rumours.

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