Terem Moffi is wanted by West Ham United, who has now made a bid of up to £25 million, which was reportedly Lorient’s asking price.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham has reportedly returned to the negotiation table with an offer for Moffi.
According to reports, West Ham is now prepared to pay £20 million plus $5 million in add-ons to sign Moffi to a contract with the Premier League.
Lorient now has the initiative, but the overall deal at least accomplishes what they purportedly sought for the Nigerian.
Last week, The Daily Mail reported that Lorient was asking for £25 million for Moffi and that West Ham was unable to meet that demand.
However, it now seems as though West Ham has had a change of heart because an offer is now on the table that, if all add-ons are met, will grant Lorient its request.
West Ham may not have been able to reach £25 million up front, but they are willing to negotiate with additional terms in the hopes that it will be enough to close a deal.
The ascent of Moffi over the past few years has been astonishing.
Moffi continued to play in Lithuania at the end of the year after switching from rivals Kauno Zalgiris earlier in the year.
Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo was signed by Belgian club Kortrijk after scoring 20 goals in 29 games for Riteriai.
Moffi scored five goals for Kortrijk in just 11 games, and after that, his time with the team was finished. Lorient signed him in October 2020.
Moffi, who has already scored 35 goals in 90 appearances for Lorient, including 12 in 18 this season, has kept on scoring.
Moffi, who Kevin Hatchard described as a “nightmare” for defenders, will now bring Lorient tremendous profit wherever he goes.
While Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton of the Premier League have all been mentioned, West Ham now hopes to win the race with their latest offer.