According to the Daily Mail, West Ham have failed in a bid to sign Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep, who would prefer a move to a Champions League club.
Ntep, 22, joined Rennes in January 2014 having impressed with Auxerre, and has now established himself as one of the top young players in French football.
With 14 goals in 45 games for Rennes, Ntep has proven his quality with Philippe Montanier, and even earned his first cap for the French national team last month - despite being born in Cameroon.
Ntep is bound to attract interest in the transfer market as a result of his fine performances for Rennes, and the Daily Mail believe that West Ham have failed in a bid to land him.
The report states that Ntep has rejected the Hammers' advances as he wants to play for a club pushing for the Champions League if he is to leave Rennes.
Intriguingly, it's also noted that Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are also interested in signing Ntep, and offers from those clubs may be more appealing to the player having snubbed West Ham.
Next priority for West Ham?
West Ham have so far strengthen their midfield with the signing of Pedro Obiang, added a creative force in Dimitri Payet and snapped up cover for goalkeeper Adrian by signing Darren Randolph.
Now, with Bilic having a history of playing with wingers at Besiktas, the new Hammers boss could turn his attention to landing a true, natural winger this summer.
They may have failed to land Ntep, but it seems clear that Bilic and West Ham are now prioritising the signing of a natural winger, given that they are short of options in that area right now.