Report claims West Ham will rival Italian giants for £10m for Bournemouth star

The Hammers are allegedly keen on signing Bournemouth winger Max Gradel this summer to bolster their wide midfield options.

It would seem that West Ham United have already earmarked a primary transfer target this summer to bolster their midfield, with the Daily Mail claiming that the London club want to sign Bournemouth's Max Gradel.

The former Leeds United star only joined the South coast club last summer for £7 million from French side Saint-Etienne but has impressed at the Vitality Stadium despite missing the majority of the campaign.

The 28-year-old managed just four appearances in August before suffering a serious knee injury which ruled him out for six months, with the Ivorian only returning at the end of February.

Since his comeback, however, the winger has put in a series of encouraging displays and has finally been able to begin to showcase once again the skilful performances which saw him named Player of the Year at Elland Road five years ago.

According to the Mail, that has been enough to convince Slaven Bilic that Gradel would be a fine addition to his wide midfield options for next season as the Hammers look to build upon a successful campaign in their first year at the Olympic Stadium.

The paper claims that the Irons will face competition from clubs such as Inter Milan and Olympiacos, but that Bournemouth are considering offering the player a new improved contract in an attempt to ward off interest.

Even if that fails, it is likely the Cherries will demand around £10 million for the Ivory Coast international and Gradel may well see his future at the club with them certainties to retain their Premier League status, particularly as he is already in his second spell there.

The Hammers are not blessed with an abundance of options in the wide midfield positions, though Michail Antonio has impressed in his debut season at the club.

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