Report: Incoming Leicester striker Ahmed Musa snubbed West Ham among others

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia in action with CSKA Moscow's Ahmed Musa

The attacker looks set to head to the King Power Stadium in the coming days, though there were plenty of Premier League alternatives.

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia in action with CSKA Moscow's Ahmed MusaManchester United's Antonio Valencia in action with CSKA Moscow's Ahmed Musa

Leicester City are on the cusp of signing CSKA Moscow attacker Ahmed Musa for a club-record fee, say BBC Sport, beating out a whole host of Premier League rivals for his signature.

According to the report, West Ham, Southampton and Everton were all turned down by the lightning quick forward, who was closely linked with a move to the Premier League champions earlier in the year. 

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The Nigerian international was a vital part of CSKA's title winning side last season. Capable of playing both as a striker and on the wing, there was talk that he would be bought to replace Jamie Vardy if the England international moved to the Emirates. With Vardy eventually confirming his stay at the Foxes, Musa may well end up playing alongside the Englishman, while also able to fill in for him when necessary without Leicester having to alter their attacking style.

The 23-year-old netted 18 times from 44 games last season, and has played 58 times for his country - a huge number of caps given his age - scoring 11 times.

West Ham have been chasing a top class attacker for much of the transfer window, missing out on a host of options if you believe various reports, as they look to add a big money, high profile goalscorer to their ranks ahead of the new season.

Whether Musa would have fulfilled that role, given his goalscoring stats (54 goals in 164 games for CSKA), we'll never know, but it does mean that the club will have to continue searching for someone to lead their line.

West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejectedWest Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejected

As pre-season kicks off in earnest, Slaven Bilic will certainly be eager to bring a striker to the club sooner rather than later, to incorporate any player into his plans for the Hammers first season at the Olympic Stadium.

New Everton boss Ronald Koeman may have been particularly interested in signing the Nigerian himself, explaining the interest from both Southampton and the Toffees. The Saints are looking for a replacement for Sadio Mane, while Everton may well be after reinforcements, or even their own replacement, for Belgium star Romelu Lukaku.

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