West Ham are prepared to table a bid worth £20m for Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet, according to reports in the UK.
The Ivorian international does have a £17.5m release clause in his contract but the Hammers believe that paying slightly more could help them win the race for the player’s signature.
Everton, Fulham and Nottingham Forest have all been heavily linked with Cornet, while Chelsea have also been mentioned as a potential suitor this summer.
However, most of the teams involved are not keen on paying the full £17.5m up front, which is not to Burnley’s liking. It means West Ham could well take advantage of the situation if they do table a bid that is higher than the buyout fee.
Whether they will make a formal offer for Cornet, though, may depend on how negotiations go with Eintracht Frankfurt for Filip Kostic. A £12.5m offer has already been rejected but it is thought that £16m could be enough to secure the Serbian’s services.