Slaven Bilic comments on West Ham United links to Michy Batshuayi

The Hammers were recently linked with a move for the Marseille hitman.

West Ham United will assess their attacking options before attempting to make a move for Marseille strike Michy Batshuayi in the summer, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has has told the London Evening Standard.

The Hammers have recently been linked with a move for the in-form Marseille striker, with the Mirror reporting they were set to rival Tottenham Hotspur in a £25million move in the next transfer window.

That report claimed that they were confident of securing the forward as the success of Dimitri Payet this season could tempt him into following his former teammate to the Hammers.

And now manager Slaven Bilic has commented on those rumours, saying they will assess their attacking options before potentially making their move.

“I see we are being linked with some top strikers for next season already — including Michy Batshuayi from Dimitri’s former club, Marseille,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“He is a very good player and I have known him for some time, since he played for Belgian club Standard Liege before going to France.”

“He is one of top strikers in Europe so there will be much interest if he is available. Also we have to assess the situation with our strikers because we have good ones here, some who are playing and others who are injured.”

Bilic’s side could certainly do with adding a regular goalscorer to their squad given how their strikers have fared this year.

Dimitri Payet is their top goalscorer in the Premier League with seven goals, with the likes of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia only having managed ten goals between them and suffering with injury problems.

Considering how well they have done this season despite that, adding a goalscorer like Batshuayi could crucial to building on the success of this campaign.

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