Report: West Ham offer £8 million for striker Bafetimbi Gomis

Bafetimbi Gomis for St Etienne

West Ham are linked with signing Bafetimbi Gomis of Swansea City.

West Ham have lodged an £8 million offer for Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis, report The Sun.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the striker this month, who only signed for the Swans last summer on a free transfer from Lyon.

The paper write: "Swansea sold Wilfried Bony to Manchester City for £28m in the biggest deal of the window so far and do not want to lose another targetman.

"Yet the £8m bid may be too good to refuse for a striker who joined for free from Lyon in the summer."

The 29-year-old has made six starts and 12 substitute appearances for Swansea in the Premier League, scoring once.

What would it mean for West Ham?

West Ham have a good selection of strikers on their books already, with Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia. The Sun report that there is a worry about Chelsea hovering for both Valencia and Sakho, which may explain the Hammers' proactive approach regarding Gomis.

As it stands, there is no guarantee Gomis would dislodge the trio for a starting spot, but his physical nature may be better suited to Sam Allardyce's side than it is at Swansea.

If either Valencia or Sakho were moved on, Gomis could slot in as a like for like replacement, and aid their push for European qualification, currently sitting in seventh place.

What would it mean for Swansea?

While West Ham are already blessed with top quality strikers, Swansea at present are not, and need to hold onto Gomis.

They have sold top scorer Wilfried Bony this month to Manchester City, a decision made easier knowing they have Gomis as back-up.

Letting him leave so late in the transfer window would mean a scramble to try and replace him before the deadline, as if they did not they would risk being short of firepower, and falling down the table from their position at present in ninth.

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