Report claims West Ham are scouting Belgium-based 13-goal Ivory Coast striker

The Hammers allegedly sent representatives to watch KV Oostende's Gohi Bi Cyriac over the weekend.

West Ham United have reportedly earmarked a potential addition to their strikeforce this summer, with Belgian outlet Voetbal Nieuws claiming that the club sent scouts to watch KV Oostende forward Gohi Bi Cyriac in action this weekend.

Cyriac, a Ivory Coast international, has netted 13 goals in 33 games in his debut season for the club after joining from Anderlecht last summer.

The 25-year-old boasts Champions League experience with Anderlecht and Standard Liege, and though he is behind the likes of Wilfried Bony and Seydou Doumbia in the pecking order for his country, he has one goal and six caps to his name at international level.

According to Voetbal Nieuws, Slaven Bilic sent his scouts to Oostende's clash with Zulte Waregem as he looks for a promising European striker to compete with Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, and Enner Valencia for a place in attack.

The same report suggests that it was not just Cyriac that Hammers representatives were at the match to watch as they are also casting an eye over the striker's teammate, defender Bruno Godeau.

The 23-year-old Belgian can play at centre-back or left-back and could be a decent option to compete for a place in the club's backline next season.

The Hammers are looking to secure qualification for at least the Europa League next season and so will be looking to increase the size of their squad in anticipation of the dual challenge of competing for a top-six spot next season whilst also taking part on the European stage.

Bilic's side are currently sixth in the Premier League table but are just five points behind fourth-place Manchester City with a game in hand.

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