West Ham are believed to have increased their offer for Norwich striker Grant Holt to £6 million according to The Daily Mail.
The burly forward was the Canaries top goalscorer in their return to the Premier League in 2011-12, and was an outside shout for inclusion in England’s Euro 2012 squad.
However, with a dispute with the Carrow Road club this summer and the departure of Paul Lambert to Aston Villa, Holt has handed in a transfer request in a shock move.
Norwich are thought to be keen to hang onto their star striker, but he has made it clear that he wants to move to another team.
West Ham are looking to strengthen their squad after winning promotion to the top-flight from the Championship at the first time of asking, and have identified Holt as a summer target.
The Hammers are thought to have had offers of £3.5 million and £5.5 million rejected recently, but feel that the increased bid, with £4 million to be paid up front, may change Norwich’s mind.
By Gareth McKnight