West Ham United are ‘very clear’ in their desire to sign Ligue 1 striker Serhou Guirassy this summer, the president of Amiens Bernard Joannin has told Get Football News France.
This is not the first time in recent days that Joannin has mentioned the Hammers as a potential destination for his £18 million centre-forward.
Speaking to Europe1, he admitted that the London Stadium outfit had submitted a ‘firm bid’ for Guirassy in the January transfer window, only for the ex-Cologne striker to reject a move to the English capital.
He, Joannin says, wanted to stay and save Amiens from relegation. That didn’t go too well, however, with the LFP relegating the northerners to Ligue 2 on a Points Per Game basis after deciding that the 2019/20 campaign could not be completed.
Now, it feels like only a matter of time before Guirassy – who has been linked with Arsenal, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Chelsea – is belatedly making the trip across the Channel.
But is West Ham still a viable option? Well, it seems the answer to that is an emphatic yes. David Moyes’ side have not given up just yet.
“In January we agreed terms with an English club and Serhou Guirassy – who is an exceptional character, with great values, he’s fantastic –said to me ‘listen president, I want to stay at Amiens as I want to help my friends to survive this year’,” Joannin explains.
“So he stayed, he turned down a very lucrative contract with an English club. There are several English clubs that want him, like West Ham who are very clear on that.
“There are other clubs, including offers from other French clubs. And if people make an offer at the right price I will allow Serhou to leave.”
That price, if the Mail is to be believed, could be around £18 million. Then again, things have changed quite substantially since February, for Amiens and football as a whole.
A much lower offer may be considered these days.