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Report: West Ham, Manchester City in talks for Wilfried Bony

The City striker is not on Guardiola's plans, but he could stay in the Premier League

Bayern Muenchen v Manchester City F.C.  - Friendly Match Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images

Wilfried Bony is no longer part of Manchester City's plans since the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, and the striker is on his way out. But he could stay in the Premier League.

According to reports in England, West Ham and Man City have opened negotiations for Bony, with the Hammers in dire need of a striker thanks to long-term injuries to Andy Carroll and new signing Andre Ayew. Only Enner Valencia and Jonathan Calleri are healthy at the moment, and with an Europa League to play this season, Slaven Bilic is looking for reinforcements.

The Croatian manager spoke to West Ham's website after Sunday's Premier League match against Bournemouth, and when asked about his search of a new striker, he did mention Bony's name, which could indicate a deal is near:

"With Andy and Andre, they are more long-term injuries. Hopefully Andre will be back on December 1.

"Are we going to try to get one? We’re going to try to get one if possible. The chairman is going to be very generous, I think, and we’re going to get one if we can find a proper one, but they’re very hard to find.

“I’m going to speak to the chairman and our head of recruitment on Monday morning and if we can get one, it has to be a good one. Bony is a good player – but we will speak on Monday. If we get one it’s got to be a good one. But if not I have the squad that will fight for West Ham big time.”

City and West Ham are discussing a £15 million fee, according to reports.