West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic corrected a reporter who mispronounced Michy Batshuayi in yesterday’s pre-match press conference telling media to do their homework. The journalists were asking the Croatian tactician if rumours that the Hammers have made a £31m bid for the Belgian hitman were true.
Bilic responded: “Batshuayi, he’s a top striker, playing for Marseille, big club scoring goals there, very young Belgium international, already a few years playing at the top level scoring goals, either for Standard Liège or Marseille now, he’s a very good player yes, that’s all I can say now at this moment but about these offers it is simply not true what is in the papers, as usual.”
The 22-year-old talent was also the subject of a similar offer from Stoke City in January but his representatives have revealed that he would not be interested in moving to the Potteries.
The Irons current transfer record is the £15.5million they paid Liverpool for Andy Carroll in 2013 while they also paid £10.7m last summer to sign Dimitri Payet from Marseille.