After Batshuayi and Wilson, will this prolific marksman be next on West Ham and Spurs lists?

Villarreal, El Madrigal

Could the respective striker searches of Tottenham and West Ham lead them to this La Liga hitman?

If recent reports are accurate, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United will be adding to their forward lines this summer.

Spurs have been heavily reliant on Harry Kane this season, leaving him out of the starting line up in only eight of their 48 fixtures, and will be keen to take some of the heat off their 25-goal top scorer as they plot an assault on the Premier and Champions Leagues next term.

The Hammers, meanwhile, have the opposite problem. Andy Carroll is firing again, but Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Emmanuel Emenike - whose loan won't be renewed - have each flattered to deceive and could(/will, in Emenike's case) find themselves expendable, with the club claimed to have put to one side £40 million to sign a proven goalscorer this summer.

Marseille's Michy Batshuayi is one player previously linked with both clubs, with Bournemouth's Callum Wilson following suit this week. Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette has also been mentioned as a more outlandish target.

But one name yet to be associated with the London rivals - at least not prominently - is that of Villarreal's Cedric Bakambu.

The DR Congo striker cost the Europa League semi-finalists a mere £5.5 million last summer, but in scoring 22 goals - and counting - in all competitions, has made a mockery of his low price tag.

Interestingly, Bakambu has indirect links to both Spurs and West Ham. His strike partner at El Madrigal is Roberto Soldado, who departed White Hart Lane eight months ago after two effort-filled but ultimately unproductive campaigns.

And his name will be extremely familiar to Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, having scored against his Besiktas side for Bursaspor last term.

At 6ft tall, quick, strong and with a knack for being in the right place when the ball enters the penalty box, Bakambu would fit the bill for both clubs - he can even play on either flank if required.

Villarreal may be on course for the Champions League next season, but given the club's track record of player sales that shouldn't make him any less attainable - even if West Ham fail to join them.

The last time the Yellow Submarines were among Europe's elite they sold Santi Cazorla to Malaga for £14 million and the time before that they let Martin Caceres join Barcelona for £12 million.

With Batshuayi valued at £35 million by Marseille president Vincent Labrune and Wilson only just back from a serious injury, Bakambu could be the most viable option.

Watch this space.

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