Report: West Ham alerted as Real Madrid put Jese up for sale, would cost £18m

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Southampton and West Ham United are reportedly keen on Spanish forward Jese.

Jese celebrates after Gareth Bale (not pictured) scores the first goal for Real MadridJese celebrates after Gareth Bale (not pictured) scores the first goal for Real Madrid

According to The Mirror, Southampton and West Ham United have been alerted to the availability of Real Madrid attacker Jese.

Jese, 23, joined the Real Madrid academy at the age of just 14, and having made his way up through the ranks, he's now one of the rare homegrown players in the Real first-team squad.

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Still, with the usual front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, Jese has had to settle for a backup role, starting just seven La Liga games last season, but making 21 substitute appearances.

With six goals in all competitions, Jese did show that he can find the net when given a chance - but his time with Real appears to be coming to an end.

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The Mirror report that Real manager Zinedine Zidane has told Jese that he isn't in the plans moving forward, and will be sold this summer if they can find a club to take him.

It's added that both Southampton and West Ham United have been alerted to Jese's availability, and could make moves for the Spaniard this summer.

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Southampton may want another attacking option even after signing winger Nathan Redmond, having seen Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane leave the club this summer, whilst West Ham are in the market for a new forward this summer, and Jese could fit the bill.

A pacey, skillful attacker who can play on either flank or as a central striker, Jese is allegedly valued by Real at around £18m - and whilst it shouldn't be out of the price range of either Southampton or West Ham, it's still a huge chunk of money to spend on a player with little experience of playing regular first-team football.

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