West Ham officials were in the stands to watch Nantes striker Emiliano Sala in a 3-2 win against Marseille on Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper report that the Hammers were joined in the stands by scouts from Leicester, Burnley, and Everton, with Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock also in attendance as Sala netted once and assisted another in a successful outing.
The Mail claim that the Ligue 1 side are demanding £25million for the prolific Argentine, with one offer already rejected ahead of the January window.
West Ham’s interest in Sala is already well known, with reports linking the club with a move for the 28-year-old for a couple of weeks now. It has obviously been hard for clubs to ignore Sala’s form for Nantes in Ligue 1 this season, with the striker notching 13 goals in 16 games in all competitions for the Brittany club, with 12 of those coming in the league. This fresh report on Wednesday now confirms that their interest in a January deal for Sala is still very much alive, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the coming weeks. There is obviously a lot of interest in the Argentine forward, and the likelihood of a January switch seems to be growing by the day. However, Nantes are obviously keen to make the most of their prized asset, and are unsurprisingly unflinching in their £25million valuation. It remains to be seen whether West Ham would be willing to meet that fee, but at the moment you would think it unlikely considering their heavy spending in the summer. Marko Arnautovic’s injury problems mean a new striker would be useful, but a swoop for Sala may be slightly extravagant as things stand.