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West Ham see bids rejected for Genoa striker Piatek

West Ham have seen two bids rejected for Genoa striker Krztysztof Piatek, according to the Daily Mail.

The Hammers are keen to secure a striker this month, but the Italian club would prefer to sell Piatek to AC Milan.

What’s the word?

Per the aforementioned report, the Hammers are keen to sign a striker this month to cover the potential loss of Marko Arnautovic to China.

Piatek has subsequently emerged as a target, but Genoa are aware of rival interest from Milan, who are looking to replace Chelsea-bound Gonzalo Higuain.

West Ham were the first club to table a firm offer for the Poland international but, with Real Madrid also reportedly interested, the Italian club have knocked back the Irons’ offer.

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Piatek is rated at £45million, as per The Daily Mail, and the Hammers remain wary of paying huge sums to clubs for strikers.

Callum Wilson, of AFC Bournemouth, is another target, along with Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez.

Wilson, too, would cost over £40m, while Gomez has a £45m release clause, as per the report.

Stick or twist

West Ham must make a decision as to whether they want to sell Arnautovic and shell out, or merely keep the Austria international around.

Football FanCast understands that the Hammers are struggling to find a replacement for the striker, and intend to keep him at the club unless a massive bid from Shanghai SIPG is tabled.

The bids for Piatek do, indeed, make sense; he has scored 13 goals in 19 games thus far this season and scored in every one of his first eight Serie A appearances in 2018-19.

But the Irons must be careful not to be drawn in by clubs looking for a payday.

Selling Arnautovic would, of course, send asking prices soaring; the Irons may well be best off just retaining his signature, and reexamining his future in the summer.

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