West Ham have been informed that they'll have to pay up to £25m to sign FC Koln hotshot Anthony Modeste - according to SportBild.

The Frenchman has played in England before - he endured a poor spell at Blackburn back in 2012, failing to score for the club in nine appearances.

FC Augsburg v 1. FC Koeln - Bundesliga

The 29-year-old's stock has risen considerably since then however, and has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in the Bundesliga this season with 23 goals in 29 appearances - he only trails Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski in the scoring charts, both of whom are considered world class finishers.

According to SportBild, via ​football.london, the Hammers face a challenge to sign the striker in that, Koln have placed a £25m price tag on his head, and he is reportedly wanted by Marseille and Nice back in his home country.

1. FC Koeln v Hertha BSC - Bundesliga

There have been whispers that the price tag may put Slaven Bilic off, given that his only previous experience of playing in the Premier League saw him fail to score a single goal.

West Ham have been linked with a string a centre-forwards over the past year or so and have had to rely on the injury-prone Andy Carroll for goals at the London Stadium.

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Carroll has done well in parts during the campaign, but is now crocked once again, and Bilic hasn't felt confident in fielding Jonathan Calleri and ended Simeone Zaza's loan move back in January after he flopped.

There were also reports of a rift between him and Diafra Sakho, which he has denied, so the Senegalese could be in line to start against Everton on Saturday.​