The saga over Michy Batshuayi's future took a twist last night as L’Equipe reported Crystal Palace have had a bid accepted for the Belgian attacker.
Palace's big move gives them an early edge over rivals Premier League sides in the pursuit for his signature, with West Ham and Tottenham prominently linked, along with Arsenal and Chelsea.
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Batshuayi was prolific for Marseille last season and is a former teammate of Hammers star Dimitri Payet, and Crystal Palace's bid is likely to encourage West Ham making a move of their own.
West Ham are keen to add a top quality striker, and Batshuayi made his suitors sit up and take notice when he scored with his first touch for Belgium in their Euro 2016 win over Hungary at the weekend.
Belgium's Michy Batshuayi celebrates after scoring their second goal
Palace's bid shows their ambition and the considerable money they have to spend, but there is a good chance that their first move is simply the first of a bidding war.
West Ham supporters are expecting their club's owners to respond to Palace's opening salvo for Batshuayi and make a credible pitch of their own,.
Here is a look at how they reacted on Twitter to Palace's bid being reported...
If I'll be fuming if we let Batshuayi go to Palace. (subject to him even wanting to go there) I genuinely want him over Lacazette. #whufc— Lawrence (@Lawrenceee_B) June 27, 2016
Surely West Ham will have someone big lined up, they won't let Batshuayi join Crystal Palace so easily. Possibly Lacazette or Zaza? #whufc.— Dale (@Dale_MCFC) June 27, 2016
If West Ham lose out to crystal palace for Batshuayi I'm giving up on football. Anyone want a 2016-17 WestHam Season ticket?— CKG (@Charlie7Green) June 28, 2016
Would be a bit embarrassing if West Ham matched crystal palace bid for michy batshuayi but he choose them— the irish londoner (@dakinglongwood) June 27, 2016