Report: West Ham join race to sign Palermo's Franco Vazquez, club demand £19.6m fee

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West Ham United have reportedly joined Tottenham and West Brom in the race for Franco Vazquez.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesPalermo star Franco Vazquez

According to Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, West Ham United have joined Tottenham and West Brom in the race to sign Palermo playmaker Franco Vazquez.

West Ham are looking for attacking talent this summer, and having landed midfielder Havard Nordtveit and winger Sofiane Feghouli on free transfers, the search will now continue for an attacker.

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A number of big-name forwards have been linked with moves to the Olympic Stadium, and may end up being an attacking midfielder that provides some added goal threat for Slaven Bilic's men.

Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore report that West Ham have now joined the race to sign Palermo star Franco Vazquez, who impressed in Serie A for the past two seasons.

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The Argentine-born playmaker has been Palermo's leading source of goals of late, hitting eight goals and seven assists last season, which came on the back of ten goals and ten assists during the 2014/2015 campaign.

Now looking for a move away from Palermo having only narrowly avoided relegation from Serie A, Vazquez is attracting major interest.

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Il Sole 24 Ore note that Tottenham and West Brom are interested in the twice-capped Italian international, but West Ham are now joining the race for his signature.

It's also claimed that Palermo are demanding a €25m (£19.6m) fee for Vazquez, and won't be leaving for a penny less - meaning West Ham, or any other Premier League club, would have to fork out big money for the goalscoring playmaker this summer.

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