West Ham are lining up Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder in case Carlos Bacca rejects their advances, according to The Mirror.
Ben Yedder, 25, scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season despite his club only just avoiding relegation and is valued at around £8million.
It would be no surprise to see the Hammers take the gamble on the talented former France Under-21 international after the success they had with Dimitri Payet in last summer’s transfer window.
And, although Bacca remains Slaven Bilic’s number one striker target, Ben Yedder has been displaying the kind of commitment and professionalism in pre-season that would satisfy any manager.
The Toulouse forward stayed around to sign autographs after being substituted at half-time in his club’s friendly against Osasuna on Friday – having scored and assisted another in the first half.
His current coach, Pascal Dupraz, later revealed how hard the striker had been pushing himself in training – to the point of almost making himself sick.
“His state of mind is incredible,” said Dupraz. “There was a very intense physical session earlier in the week during which he almost threw up three times, but he held on and moved every time on time. He’s great.”
The coach recognises that Toulouse may not hang onto their star player beyond the current transfer window but hopes to have him for the start of the Ligue 1 season.
He added: “There are three league games in August, if Wissam wants to play with us, I do not complain.”