Report: West Ham target Jonathan Bamba to leave Saint-Etienne this summer

Saint-Etienne's French forward Jonathan Bamba celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Saint-Etienne (ASSE) vs Caen (SMC) on January 27, 2018, at the Geoffroy...

West Ham United have been linked with Jonathan Bamba.

France's forward Jonathan Bamba (L) reacts after scoring a goal during the U-21 Euro 2017 qualifying football match between France and Kazakhstan in Le Mans, northwestern France, on...

According to But Football Club, Saint-Etienne forward Jonathan Bamba intends to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Bamba, 21, has come up through the ranks with Saint-Etienne having signed from UJA Alfortville in 2011, and he has also been a regular for France across various age groups.

The pacey forward had loan spells with Paris FC, Sint-Truiden and Angers before becoming a first-team regular this season, and he has starred with seven goals and four assists in 28 games.

Saint-Etienne's French forward Jonathan Bamba celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Saint-Etienne (ASSE) vs Caen (SMC) on January 27, 2018, at the Geoffroy...

However, Bamba's contract expires this summer, and it's now believed that he will be moving on this summer as he has decided not to extend his contract with Saint-Etienne.

West Ham in the box seat?

Bamba is bound to attract a host of suitors off the back of his displays this season, and a move to the Premier League could be on the cards.

Saint-Etienne's French forward Jonathan Bamba celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Saint-Etienne (ASSE) vs Caen (SMC) on January 27, 2018, at the Geoffroy...

The Sun recently reported that West Ham United are particularly keen on Bamba, given that he will be available to sign a pre-contract agreement.

Capable of playing out wide or up front, Bamba would give West Ham a versatile attacking option with real speed, whilst he also has bags of untapped potential too.

Yet, with West Ham not quite safe from Premier League relegation just yet, manager David Moyes may not be able to sign players – and that could leave the Hammers open to missing out on Bamba's signature.

Saint-Etienne's French forward Jonathan Bamba celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Saint-Etienne (ASSE) vs Caen (SMC) on January 27, 2018, at the Geoffroy...

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