Chelsea look to hijack West Ham move for Ivorian

Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony

Chelsea are ready to make a £12million bid for Wilfried Bony, jumping ahead of West Ham in the race to his signature, according to the Sun.

Bony is the top scorer in Holland, scoring 26 goals in just 24 league games, helping his side Vitesse Arnham to be just 3 points adrift from league leaders Ajax.

Chelsea see the Ivory Coast international as a replacement for Fernando Torres, who is still struggling to play anywhere near his £50million value. And it seems Roman Abramovich is finally losing patience with the Spaniard, and is ready to bring Bony in to replace him.

West Ham believed they were close to agreeing a deal to sign Bony in the summer, after co-chairman David Sullivan held a meeting with Francis Kacou, one of Bony’s agents, on Monday.

However, Abramovich has since sat down with the Ducth club’s managing director and owner, to discuss the transfer of Bony to the Blues, with an £80,000-a-week contract reportedly on the table for the 24-year-old striker.

Despite being under contract until 2015, Bony is desperate to play in the Premier League, and Vitesse are resigned to losing the Ivorian in the summer.

The Dutch club will still be relying on Bony’s goals on Saturday as Vitesse host PEC Zwolle, with Bony and his teammates eyeing a possible Champions League spot at the end of the season.

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