The prodigious striker has been in fine form for Marseille this season, notching up 16 goals and nine assists in 35 Ligue 1 appearances despite the Stade Velodrome outfit languishing in mid-table.
That has generated plenty of interest in the 22-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window, with The Guardian documenting Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Serie A champions Juventus as long-term admirers.
But according to the British newspaper, West Ham have attempted to blow their Premier League rivals out of the water with a £31million transfer bid for Batshuayi – a figure neither the Reds nor the Lilywhites are likely to match.
That would constitute a new record transfer fee for the East London club, more than doubling the £15million they spent on Andy Carroll in summer 2013.
However, the Hammers still face significant competition for the Belgium international’s signature from Juventus.