Slaven Bilic raves about West Ham-linked Michy Batshuayi, but denies record-breaking bid

Slaven Bilic has praised Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told the London Evening Standard that he loves Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi - but hasn't yet made a bid for him.

The Hammers are widely expected to splash their cash on a new striker this summer, given that Bilic needs to find a consistent goalscorer to spearhead his attack.

Andy Carroll continues to have problems with injury and fitness, whilst Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have failed to show that they can be relied upon to score on a consistent basis.

A number of strikers have already been linked with the club, and The Guardian even reported on Thursday that West Ham have lodged a huge £31.5m bid for the Belgian international - a deal which would shatter West Ham's record transfer fee. 

The 22-year-old has smashed 21 goals in all competitions this season, and looks set to battle Everton's Romelu Lukaku for a starting spot in the Belgian team at this summer's European Championships.

With Marseille's financial problems - something which led to them selling Dimitri Payet to West Ham last summer - Batshuayi looks set to leave Marseille this summer, and Bilic has now admitted that he is a firm admirer of the former Standard Liege star.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Bilic admitted he thinks Batshuayi is a 'very good player' - but denied that the Hammers have made a £31.5m bid for the striker.

"Batshuayi is a top striker who plays for a big club, scoring goals there," said Bilic. "He's been playing at top level for a few years. He's a very good player. But that's all I can say at this moment. It is simply not true that we have made a bid," he added.

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