Trio of Premier League sides join West Ham in race for 12m-rated Ivorian hitman Bony

By Andy James

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Premier League clubs are bettling each other race to sign scoring sensation Wilfried Bony, who is pushing for a move to the English top flight next season.

The Ivory Coast striker, rated at around 12million, has been in prolific from for Vitesse Arnhem this season and is the top scorer in Holland with 26 goals in 24 league games.

His contract runs until 2015 but Sportsmail understands his agent is in talks with at least four Premier League clubs — West Ham, Fulham, Stoke and Everton — and hopes to complete a deal by the end of the week.

Strike rate: Bony (right), seen here in action for Ivory Coast, has scored 26 goals in 24 games this term

Strike rate: Bony (right), seen here in action for Ivory Coast, has scored 26 goals in 24 games this term

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The 24-year-old tried to leave Vitesse in January, but the club held firm and insisted he continued to help the club push for a Champions League spot for next season.

Since his 4million move from Sparta Prague at the beginning of 2011, Bony has scored 46 times in 63 appearances for Vitesse — including an amazing recent run which has seen him net 10 goals in his last six games.

Were West Ham to land him for around 12m it would smash their previous transfer record of buying Matt Jarvis from Wolves for 10.75m.

Bony learned the game by playing street football called ‘Maracana’, competing in city competitions before spending three years at the Cyrille Domoraud football Academy located in the city of Bingerville, in south-east Ivory Coast.

Options: Sam Allardyce will be looking for more firepower, with his side netting just 32 goals this season

Options: Sam Allardyce will be looking for more firepower, with his side netting just 32 goals this season

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Bony player him mind

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Just what west ham need. Another striker who might not even score -_- Come on sam fix the defence first.

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Has no one looked at the table recently. Any of bottom eleven could go and West Ham and Sunderland are the out of form teams so there's a good chance the happy Hammers may go. I doubt any player will commit till he knows they are in Premier League next season.

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Two words. Alfonso Alves.

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Squatters.

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they are going to pay 17M for Carroll, and now another 12M for this fella. what i want to know is how west ham are generating almost 30M in transfer fees for 2 strikers plus the wage they will command bearing in mind Carroll is on about 80K a week at liverpool and Bony's agent will get him a deal for no less than 40K a week. Carroll wages will be around 3M a year, Bony's wages about 1.5M-2M a year. Along with potential other signings, the wages and bonus's for the squad for the entire year, surely west ham are heading for a potentially big financial loss at the end of 2013?

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12 million......peanuts for West Ham..you could buy a 60000 stadium for that!!!!!!!

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As an Evertonian I hope that he signs for someone else, we can't afford a top flight striker and we have enough mediocre strikers who work hard and do their best without another one to clutter up the bench..

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This is a no brainer really, Everton are the biggest club therefore he should come here.

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P pp oo

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