As reported by Le10Sport, West Ham United have returned for Stade Reims young striker Hugo Ekitike.
Earlier in the month, the London club offered €15m for the 19-year-old striker who has eight Ligue 1 goals so far this season and one of the best minutes per goal ratios in France having jumped in and out of the Reims team so far since emerging at the start of the campaign.
However, West Ham have now upped their bid to €25m, including bonuses. Reims, however, will likely see this as not enough to let the player go as they feel they’re capable of eventually receiving a bigger fee for the striker.
Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot confirmed earlier this month that he turned down a €35m offer from Newcastle, which included some tricky to reach bonuses. Chelsea, meanwhile, have also made enquiries for the player.
Ekitike was included in our 10 To Watch for 2022 as part of the GFFN 100 earlier this month.