Prolific striker Gignac credited as reason West Ham co-owner has flown to France

Marseille Velodrome

West Ham's David Sullivan is believed to be attempting to sign Pierre-Andre Gignac.

The Sun report that striker Pierre-Andre Gignac is the reason West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has flown to France.

The paper claim: "West Ham are considering a last-minute deal for Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.

"Hammers joint-chairman David Sullivan is in France now looking to tie up a loan move for a player they have tracked for two years. But it all depends upon whether or not current West Ham striker Carlton Cole joins West Brom who have come in for him in the last couple of hours."

Is there a chance of it happening?

It won't be easy for the Hammers to convince Marseille to sell up. The Ligue 1 side are in the midst of battling for the title, just two points behind leaders Lyon and level with PSG.

Gignac has been a key part of their strong form, netting 16 goals in 24 games in all competitions. In Ligue 1 he is the second top scorer in the division with 14, less than Alexandre Lacazette (21), but more than Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9).

Just earlier today, the Liverpool Echo linked Gignac with a move to Liverpool, but it is not thought they have made the efforts West Ham are.

Gignac is 29-years-old, and in theory a sizeable offer would be tempting for them, however they would barely get any chance to sign a replacement at this late stage.

The big reason the Hammers would be confident they may be able to pull it off is due to the fact Gignac's contract expires this summer, but in football terms, the effect his departure would have on Marseille in the short-term may be more damaging than the loss of a few million pounds. 

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