Report: West Ham meet Vincent Janssen's asking price, he's rejected them to join Spurs

Netherland's Vincent Janssen celebrates.

West Ham have failed in a bid to hijack Vincent Janssen's move to Tottenham.

Netherland's Vincent Janssen celebrates.Netherland's Vincent Janssen celebrates

According to The Mirror, West Ham have matched AZ Alkmaar's £16m asking price for striker Vincent Janssen - but he's rejected them in order to sign for London rivals Tottenham.

It's no great secret that the Hammers are in the market for a new striker this summer, with Slaven Bilic searching for a forward who can find the net on a consistent basis in the Premier League.

A number of big-money strikers have been linked with moves to the Olympic Stadium this summer, but it seems that Bilic's men will have to go back to the drawing board in their pursuit of AZ Alkmaar star Vincent Janssen.

Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for Netherlands

Janssen, 22, only signed for AZ from Almere City last summer, but hit 29 goals in all competitions last season, and even struck three goals in five international games for the Netherlands, including a penalty against England back in March.

Unsurprisingly, his goalscoring exploits for AZ have triggered major interest, and The Mirror report that West Ham had met AZ's £16m valuation of the player in a bid to lure him to London.

Netherlands' Vincent Janssen in action with England's John Stones

However, whilst Janssen does appear to be heading to the capital this summer, it doesn't seem like West Ham will be his destination - instead, he looks to be signing for West Ham's fierce rivals Tottenham.

The Mirror claim that Janssen has rejected West Ham's advances, and told them that he only wants to sign for Tottenham, having even snubbed French giants Paris Saint-Germain as well in a bid to force through a move to White Hart Lane. 

Athletic Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi in action against AZ Alkmaar's Vincent Janssen

Spurs are believed to be close to sealing a £16m deal for Janssen, with the Dutchman set to compete with Harry Kane for a spot in Mauricio Pochettino's side - a much-needed boost in the final third for Tottenham as they gear up for Premier League and Champions League campaigns.

Meanwhile, West Ham will again have to move on to another target, as their quest for a striker continues. With money to spend, Bilic should eventually secure the signature of a new striker, but losing a top target to Spurs will sting.

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