West Ham are looking to hijack Wolves’ deal for AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone, according to reports in the Italian media.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were said to be lining up a £16m bid for the Italian, but the Hammers’ involvement in the deal could complicate matters.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is keen to add extra numbers to his strikeforce following the departures of Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and Marko Arnautovic this summer.
The Irons boss currently has three strikers in his squad but Jordan Hugill is also expected to depart before the transfer window shuts.
It has been suggested that West Ham would be interested in a loan deal for Cutrone but Milan are likely seeking a permanent sale.
The Rossoneri are keen to recoup some funds to stay within UEFA’s Financial Fairplay regulations. The Italian club have been thrown out of the Europa League this season due to breaches.
Cutrone is not a first-team player, having made just 16 starts in all competitions for Milan last campaign.