Lazio have made West Ham forward Enner Valencia their No.1 transfer target this summer, according to reports in Italy.
West Ham are desperately searching for a striker this summer, meaning the Ecuadorian is unlikely to be first choice at the Olympic Stadium next season.
Slaven Bilic has reportedly given Valencia permission to speak to other clubs but he may have to wait until his current side finally land a forward.
According to Sky Italia, Lazio are at the front of the queue in the chase for Valencia and have been in contact with the Premier League side on numerous occasions to seek talks.
The Italian club are also open to a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of next season but it is understood the Hammers will only consider a permanent deal.