Wolfsburg forward Wout Weghorst has left the door open to leaving the Bundesliga club this season, amid interest from West Ham and Roma.
Reports in the Italian press last week claimed the Dutchman was being tracked by the two clubs, and when asked to address the rumours, the striker replied:
“Wolfsburg will play in the Champions League next season. That is very important to me as a football player and person. I want to be stimulated every time and get out of my comfort zone. That will happen again soon.”
“In addition, I feel greatly appreciated in Wolfsburg. If the opportunity arises to take a step higher, we will listen to the story of that club and the complete picture must be right. But as you can imagine, my focus is now entirely on the European Championship.”
As Weghorst mentions, Wolfsburg are playing in the Champions League next campaign so it would be a surprise if he is open to a move to the London Stadium.
However, he has expressed a desire to make the switch to England previously, when Arsenal were interested in him last summer, but there are also likely to be other obstacles in the way of a transfer.
Weghorst was valued at around £32m at the start of last season, and that was before the forward scored 25 goals in 41 appearances for his club. He will also have the chance to impress at the European Championships with the Netherlands so his price tag could increase further. It means that the Hammers may have to look elsewhere for a new number nine.