Report: West Ham tracking Borussia Monchengladbach's Thorgan Hazard, £18m fee required

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham paid big money for Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez but are they about to splash out once again to land Bundesliga star Thorgan Hazard?

The fact that West Ham United smashed their transfer record to complete the signing of swaggering Stoke City attacker Marko Arnautovic does not mean the club have no desire for further attacking reinforcements.

The Austrian, who signed for a fee potentially rising to £25 million (BBC), will be joined by Mexican goal-getting Javier Hernandez as part of an exciting, new-look frontline at the London Stadium next season. ‘Chicharito’ arrives in the capital amid huge expectation after completing his £16 million move from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen (BBC).

The 29-year-old boasts the fifth best goals per game record in Premier League history and will hope to be the first Hammers striker since Diafra Sakho in 2014/15 to reach double figures.

Bayer Leverkusen's Javier Hernandez shootsHernandez could make his debut against former club Manchester United at Old Trafford next month

And, if West Ham have their way, the talented attacking duo could be joined in claret and blue by Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard.

Foot Mercato reported about a month ago that the 24-year-old was on The Hammers’ radar along with Leicester City and Stoke. And French daily Republican Lorraine adds that Hazard continues to be tracked by West Ham as Ligue 1 giants Lyon add him to their list of targets.

Blessed with an excellent turn of pace, elusive dribbling and versatility in the final third, Hazard’s eye-catching style of play clearly runs in the family. After all, he is the brother of Chelsea star Eden.

Furthermore, although the Belgian made his name as an electric left winger like his older sibling, he featured as a centre forward in 13 of his 18 Bundesliga starts in 2016/17, scoring six goals and producing four assists while also shining, and scoring, against Barcelona in the Champions League group-stages.

Thorgan HazardThorgan Hazard proved he could star at the highest level last season

He won’t come cheap, however, with Republica Lorrain adding that Hazard could set West Ham back around £18 million. Therefore, Davids Gold and Sullivan will be forced to plunge their hands into their pockets once more if they are to further enhance West Ham’s frontline.

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