West Ham United 'in talks for Anthony Modeste'

FC Koln French forward Anthony Modeste (L) celebrates scoring with Cologne's midfielder Matthias Lehmann during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Koln vs FC Ingolstadt 04 in Cologne, western Germany on September 25, 2015
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A report claims that West Ham United are in talks with FC Koln over the transfer of 29-year-old forward Anthony Modeste.

West Ham United are reportedly in talks with FC Koln over a move for French forward Anthony Modeste.

It appeared that the 29-year-old was closing in on a move to Tianjin Quanjin last week, with the Chinese Super League side said to have agreed a £30.6m deal to sign the Frenchman.

The deal broke down at the final moment, however, amid suggestions that Tianjin are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

West Ham were strongly linked with Modeste last summer, and according to Sky Sports News, the Hammers are ready to pay £25m to sign a player that scored 25 times in the Bundesliga during the 2016-17 campaign.

Modeste has previously played in England for Blackburn Rovers, but the former France Under-21 international failed to score in nine Premier League appearances during a loan spell in 2012.

Anthony Modeste runs with the ball after pulling one back for Koln against Eintracht Frankfurt on September 12, 2015
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