Michy Batshuayi wants Marseille stay, but club will reportedly push him out to raise funds amid £31.5m West Ham interest

The Belgian is being linked with a summer move to West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.

West Ham United are seemingly on the hunt for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi this summer. The Hammers have been linked with him in recent weeks and The Guardian reported yesterday that West Ham had offered Marseille £31.5 million for the Belgian striker – who is also wanted by Juventus, Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.

Slaven Bilic has now admitted his liking for the player – who has scored 16 times in Ligue 1 this season - although made it clear no bid had been lodged for the player.

One major issue is the player himself. He told the media earlier this week, as reported by talkSPORT, that he wants to stay at Marseille:

"My future is at Marseille. I want to stay, I love the stadium, the fans, lots of players in this squad.

"I am in love with this club. I would prefer to leave this club after leaving a trace on people's minds, my story with Marseille is far from over."

However, it seems that Marseille themselves will be pushing him toward the exit door – according to local reports.

La Provence is reporting, as relayed by Foot-Sur7, that Marseille must sell a player for a big sum this summer in order to balance their increasingly shaky looking finances and that they will urge the Belgian to leave the club this summer – with the report claiming his sale ‘seems obvious’.

Marseille, who are still hoping a takeover might prevent the sale of big names, seem likely to sell if West Ham have made the offer mentioned and whilst Batshuayi might want to stay it seems the club might need him to go.

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