Agent of Seydou Doumbia insists he knows nothing of West Ham interest, amid Italian reports

The striker is currently back on loan at former club CSKA Moscow - where he would like to stay.

Reports in Italy today are suggesting that West Ham are in pole position to complete the signing of AS Roma forward Seydou Doumbia in January.

It was reported by Gazzetta dello Sport that West Ham were hopeful of bringing in the Ivorian striker who has failed to make a name for himself at Roma. He played just 13 times for the club before being loaned back to his former team CSKA Moscow in the summer.

The report claims that Roma would want to recoup the majority of the €14.4 million (£10.2 million) spent on him in January.

Doumbia would be a perfect option for West Ham. He has the ability to play up top and out wide and with the injury to Enner Valencia they could use striking reinforcements.

But his agent has now made it clear that the West Ham stories are groundless. Jean-Bernard Beytrison told sport-express in Russia that he has heard nothing of West Ham interest and that his client wants to stay in the Russian capital:

"I can not say anything on the subject (of West Ham interest). I have no information in this regard. I read about it in Italian newspapers, but I do not know, based on what media.

"I can say one thing. Seydou wants to continue to play for CSKA. I do not know whether he will return to Roma. But he does not want to, that's for sure. The Club of Rome is not in touch with me and I do not know the intentions of the Roma with Seydou."

Doumbia has been in inspired form since returning to Russia this summer, scoring eight goals in 15 appearances for CSKA Moscow this season - including one against Manchester United in the Champions League.

But for now it seems rumours of an imminent agreement over a West Ham switch seem to be very premature.

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