West Ham United transfer news: Ayovi linked; Valencia asking price increased; Sakho wanted

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A selection of the latest stories involving West Ham United...

The chances are, if you happen to have played up front at some stage in your career, you'll have been linked with a move to West Ham United this summer.

Despite this, a new link has today emerged courtesy of ESPN, which reports that the Hammers are keen on Enner Valencia's Ecuador teammate Jaime Ayovi.

Jaime Ayovi 3Ayovi leaps for a header

The 28-year-old currently plays for Argentine side Godoy Cruz, for whom he has scored 20 goals in 48 appearances.

Speaking of Valencia, the Hammers have upped their asking price for the striker by £4 million, according to Tutto Sport.

They were said to want £11 million for the reported Lazio and Swansea City target, who it is claimed will now cost in excess of £15 million.

Enner Valencia celebrates scoring the second goal for West HamThe Hammers have reportedly move the goalposts regarding Valencia

Another West Ham wanted man, Diafra Sakho, has a new admirer, according to the Mirror.

Crystal Palace have already acquired Irons defender James Tomkins this summer and have now turned their attention to the Senegal striker, who was a reported target for Newcastle United when Alan Pardew was the manager there.

Sticking with front men, Ashley Fletcher is targeting a first team berth after opening his West Ham account in Tuesday's friendly draw against FC Slovacko.

Ashley Fletcher celebrates after scoring the second goal for West hamFletcher is congratulated after scoring his first West Ham goal

"My aim has to be to break into the team," the former Manchester united man told the Hammers' official website. "It’s a very talented team and one that is going to be competing at the top of the Premier League, so for me it will be vital to keep showing myself I can do it."

In further striker news, co-chairman David Sullivan has blamed a lack of Champions League football for the Irons' failure to land their top summer targets.

He told the club's official website: "Our search for a new forward has been well documented and we have been working hard to negotiate moves for some big name strikers.

"Ideally we would have had someone in place by now but sadly that has not proved to be the case and the forwards we have targeted want to play Champions League football. The hard work continues behind the scenes as we look to bring more new players into the squad."

And in non-transfer or striker news, West Ham's Aaron Cresswell has backed his former boss Sam Allardyce to succeed as England manager - should he get the job.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Tottenham's Ryan MasonCresswell was signed by Allardyce two summers ago

“I’ve a lot to credit him for,” Cresswell told the Guardian.

“He brought me to the club and I can’t speak any more highly of the year I worked under him. He was fantastic with me personally and, if you ask any of the other boys, they’ll say the same thing.

"His man-management skills were very good, top drawer, so I think, if he does get the job, he’ll do very well. It’s a good fit for England and we’ll see if he gets it."

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