West Ham are the favourites to sign Ajax forward Miralem Sulejmani as the Dutch giants prepare to cash-in on their record signing before the transfer window closes.
Sulejmani’s arrival is set to end the brief spell at Upton Park for Nicky Maynard, after Cardiff agreed a fee to sign the striker.
The ex-Bristol City star joined in January and helped Sam Allardyce’s side seal promotion to the Barclays Premier League in May.
But Maynard, who scored what appears to be his final goal for the club in the midweek Capital Cup second round win over Crewe, has struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular and is now set to move to Wales.
Sulejmani is set to replace him, however. The Hammers have had him watched for over two years and are keen to end their lengthy pursuit in time for Friday’s Deadline Day.
The 23-year-old can operate on either flank making him a attractive proposition for Allardyce who tends to operate one up front with two supporting forwards either side.
Ajax director of football, and former Arsenal star, Marc Overmars has revealed one approach has already been received – but stopped short before confirming it was a bid from the Barclays Premier League club.
‘It’s a serious offer, but I can’t mention the name of the club,’ he said.
‘Miralem knows about the interest.’
West Ham are also keen to bring in one more striker before the window slams shut and are expected to make a return bid for Liverpool misfit Andy Carroll.