West Ham are planning to nick Emmanuel Dennis from under the nose of Nottingham Forest after missing out on Jesse Lingard.
According to TalkSPORT, the Hammers are now ramping up their recruitment drive.
David Moyes is growing disgruntled at a lack of transfer activity and was in the running for Lingard.
The former Manchester United man stunned the Premier League yesterday by penning a one-year contract with Forest.
He joins after being released by the Red Devils and bolsters Steve Cooper’s squad with top-flight know-how.
Forest had been linked with Dennis. He scored 10 goals last season but couldn’t help the Hornets from dropping into the Championship.
The Nigeria international won’t come cheap and is thought to be valued in the region of £25 million.
Forest do need another striker. Sam Surridge is still recovering from an operation, whilst Lewis Grabban has now departed the City Ground.
Taiwo Awoinyi has been added to the ranks. He cost £17 million from Union Berlin but he will need more competition.
Dennis moved to Watford last summer from Club Brugge. He enjoyed a solid maiden campaign in the Premier League and is now a wanted man.
West Ham will have significant financial clout this summer and perhaps they now have the edge over Forest.
West Ham planning to nick Dennis from Forest grasp
It wouldn’t be a great look for a Europa Conference League team to lose out on another player to a newly promoted team.
With that in mind, the Reds might be set to miss out on this one.
West Ham could quite easily fork out the £25 million that Watford crave and Dennis would bolster their squad.
The Hammers lack an out-and-out striker and perhaps playing in Europe would be a huge incentive.
The Reds would love Dennis but ultimately the club would perhaps rather not pay that for a backup talisman.
West Ham will still be smarting from Lingard rejecting their advances.
As a result, they will want to get the Watford man secured as quickly as possible.