Cheikhou Kouyate's agent claims interest from Premier League rivals, report suggests £27m price

Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium on April 8, 2017 in...

West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate may be eyeing a 2018 exit.

Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium on April 8, 2017 in...

The agent of West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has told Turkish Football that there are Italian and Premier League clubs keen on signing him.

The Hammers snapped up Kouyate from Belgian outfit Anderlecht back in the summer of 2014, and he has become a key first-team player in East London ever since his arrival.

Kouyate, 27, has racked up more than 120 appearances for West Ham, featuring in midfield and even at centre back, notching 14 goals along the way.

Referee Roger East shows a yellow card to West Ham United's Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate (L) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Swansea...

Kouyate has been criticised for some disappointing displays this season, but it seems that he is still attracting interest as we head towards 2018.

Kouyate's agent – Saffet Balkan – has told Turkish Football that there is 'a lot of interest' in the midfielder, which has really spiked since Senegal qualified for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Balkan claims that Italian and Premier League clubs are interested in Kouyate, and whilst there are no offers on the table right now, they are open to talking to other clubs if offers come in.

“We have received a lot of interest,” said Balkan. “Interest spiked after Senegal qualified for the World Cup yesterday. Several clubs and agents want to hold talks. The Italian and Premier League scouts have been very impressed.”

Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United and Michail Antonio of West Ham United battle for possession with Grzegorz Krychowiak of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between...

“Kouyate is very happy in England, he’s settled into life. There are no offers on the table at this stage, we will hold talks and consider our options,” he added.

The report claims that West Ham have slapped a €30million (£27million) asking price on Kouyate, and it remains to be seen whether any of the interested clubs meet that asking price in 2018.

West Ham won't want to lose Kouyate in the middle of the season, and they my instead wait and see how he performs in the World Cup in order to drive up the price - and it's also unclear just which Premier League clubs could be eyeing up moves for the athletic midfielder.

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