Report: West Ham aim to agree Michy Batshuayi signing before season ends

Marseille Velodrome

West Ham are keen to beat clubs including Arsenal to the signing of striker Michy Batshuayi.

West Ham are pushing to sign Michy Batshuayi this summer, and The Sun report they aim to tie up a deal for the striker before the end of the season.

Marseille are unwilling to let the hitman leave mid-season, but in the summer they expect to cash in, claims the report, as they did with Florian Thauvin, Giannelli Imbula and Dmitri Payet among others this summer.

It is the Payet deal which gives West Ham the biggest hope it will be them who lands Batshuayi, ahead of North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hammers have good contacts with the French side due to the way the deal was conducted, and believe this puts them in pole position to sign the Belgian striker.

The Sun report they want an agreement in place for the £20 million rated forward by the end of the season, making a deal a formality once the transfer window opens.

It would be smart business from the Hammers, to get a deal tied up before his potential involvement at Euro 2016, which would not only delay a decision over his future, but risk other clubs becoming alerted and his price tag rising.

The 22-year-old striker has scored 15 goals in 27 Ligue 1 and Europa League games for Marseille this season.

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