Could a top-four finish for West Ham ensure they sign Michy Batshuayi this summer?

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West Ham United have been linked with the Belgian international.

According to a report from the Daily Mail back in January, West Ham United were prepared to wait until the summer to make a move for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi as they bid to further strengthen their already impressive squad.

Batshuayi is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young strikers in Europe and if and when he does leave the Ligue 1 club there is likely to be a long line of suitors seeking his signature.

But the Belgian international’s decision could well be swayed by the competitions his new club will be playing in next season – most notably the Champions League.

Next season West Ham will have a wonderful new stadium, a superb manager and a squad full of both experienced stars and exciting young talent, but a place among Europe’s elite could be what ultimately sways it as they bid for the next level of footballing talent.

Signing Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna and Manuel Lanzini last summer was a huge step in the right direction. However if they can finish in the top four of the Premier League it will open up a whole new group of possible targets, Batshuayi among them.

The 22-year-old will know his next move is a vital one and any doubts he may have over signing for the Hammers ahead of other big clubs could be put to bed if they secure a Champions League place.

West Ham’s win against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening means that is now a distinct possibility, with Bilic’s side just one point below Manchester United and Manchester City in the tightest campaign for years.

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