West Ham transfers: We’re trying to sign Bony, confirms Gold

West Ham transfers: Co-chairman David Gold confirms that the Hammers are trying to sign Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem

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Wilfried Bony scored 31 goals last season Photo: Ailura, via Wikimedia

David Gold has confirmed that West Ham United are trying to sign Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem this summer.

The Ivory Coast striker, who was last season’s top scorer in the Dutch Eredivise with 31 goals in 32 appearances, has been linked with both Swansea City and the Hammers in recent days.

And West Ham co-chairman Gold believes that the east London side’s pursuit of the 24-year-old demonstrates that the club are moving in the right direction following their 10th-place finish last season.

“We are slowly building a top team of top names and there is a strategic policy in place for that to continue,” Gold told SportsDirect News.

“Kevin Nolan arrived as the first marquee signing in 2011, followed by Matt Jarvis last season for what was a record club transfer fee at £10m plus.

“We smashed that by several millions this season when we brought Andy Carroll to the club and it’s now known that we have also been trying to make the Wilfried Bony move happen.

“The club has debt, everybody realises that, but as owners, we are determined to build a great team at this club and end the “selling club” image that we have suffered for too long.”

Bony, who has scored 51 goals in 66 games since joining Vitesse in 2011, said back in May that he thinks a move to England would be “perfect”.

“I’m very interested in the Premier League and the atmosphere in England, it’s a wonderful league and we will see what happens,” Bony told BBC Sport in May.

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