West Ham United leapfrog Chelsea in Jhon Duran chase, offer made

West Ham United are reportedly keen on signing 20-year-old Aston Villa striker Jhon Duran in the summer transfer window.

According to a report from 90min, West Ham United are currently ahead of Chelsea in the race to sign Jhon Duran. The Hammers have already tabled a bid to sign the Aston Villa striker, according to a separate update by Fabrizio Romano.

The report by 90min has claimed that Aston Villa striker is valued at £40 million, and it will be interesting to see if West Ham United can get the deal done. Duran is highly rated at the West Midlands club, and he could prove to be a quality long-term investment for the Hammers, who have offered £35 million, as per Fabrizio Romano.

It is no secret that West Ham need to bring in attacking reinforcements. Danny Ings and Michail Antonio were quite underwhelming this past season, and West Ham will have to bring in an upgrade if they are serious about doing well next season. Interestingly, Jhon Duran has already agreed on personal terms with West Ham.

They have been competing in European football over the last two seasons, and the Hammers will look to sustain that level of performance in the upcoming season as well. They will need to bring in quality additions during the summer transfer window, and the Colombian striker could prove to be the ideal long term acquisition for them. He has the attributes to establish himself as a key player for West Ham and justify the £40 million investment in the coming seasons.

Aston Villa should look to cash in on Duran

Aston Villa need to improve their squad this summer, and it would not be a surprise if they decided to cash in on the talented young striker. The 20-year-old is not a key player for them and he is unlikely to start ahead of Ollie Watkins. It makes sense for Aston Villa to sell him for a substantial amount of money and improve the other areas of their squad.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been linked with the player as well, and it will be interesting to see if they can beat West Ham to his signature. Chelsea will need to bring in an upgrade on Nicolas Jackson, who was quite underwhelming last season. It will be interesting to see where the South American attacker ends up eventually.

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