CSKA Moscow give response to West Ham's reported pursuit of Seydou Doumbia

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CSKA Moscow claim they don't know anything about any interest from West Ham in their loan star Seydou Doumbia.

CSKA Moscow general director Roman Babaev claims West Ham haven't communicated any interest in Roma's Seydou Doumbia, as quoted by Calcio Mercato.

Doumbia, 27, initially joined CSKA from Swiss side Young Boys in January 2010, and became a club hero with a whopping 84 goals in just 129 games for the Russian giants.

In January, the Ivorian chose to leave the club in order to join Italian side Roma, but after just two goals in 14 games, he headed back to Russia to re-join CSKA on loan.

Eight goals in 15 games since his return have shown that Doumbia is still the goal machine he was before his departure, and speculation surrounds his future once again.

Reports from Tutto Mercato Web suggested that West Ham had been in negotiations with Roma over a huge €20m (£14m) deal for Doumbia, with manager Slaven Bilic - former manager of Lokomotiv Moscow - familiar with what Doumbia can do in front of goal.

However, CSKA general director Roman Babaev has been quoted by Calcio Mercato as saying that West Ham haven't communicated any interest in Doumbia with Roma, and that CSKA have until the end of December to tell the Serie A club what they want to do with the striker.

"Doumbia? The negotiations with Roma are only at the beginning stages," said Babaev. "We have until the end of December to communicate our intentions to the Giallorossi."

"Are West Ham chasing the player? We have read this in the Italian newspapers, but they have never communicated anything regarding this interest," he added.

With West Ham's counter-attacking style, a pacey, direct player like Doumbia could thrive, given that Bilic is certainly struggling to get a cohesive attacking unit together whenever Andy Carroll starts up front - and Doumbia would be a very sensible signing for the Hammers.

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