Exclusive: West Ham star Cheikhou Kouyate headed for a €30m summer exit, interest from the Premier League & Italy
West Ham star Cheikhou Kouyate could be headed for a summer exit according to his agent Saffet Balkan.
The Senegal international has received a lot of interest from rival Premier League sides and the Serie A.
Balkan revealed to Turkish-Football he has been contracted by several Italian and Premier League sides.
“We have received a lot of interest,” Balkan revealed.
“Interest spiked after Senegal qualified for the World Cup yesterday. Several clubs and agents want to hold talks.
“The Italian and Premier League scouts have been very impressed.”
Balkan also underlined that Kouyate is happy in England and has settled into life in London.
There are currently no official bids on the table but talks will be held over his future.
“Kouyate is very happy in England, he’s settled into life,” he added.
“There are no offers on the table at this stage, we will hold talks and consider our options.”
There has also been interest from the Super Lig but his €30 million price tag has proven a stumbling block.
West Ham will not let him leave on the cheap and he does have another four-years remaining on his contract.
Kouyate starred in Senegal’s 2-1 victory over South Africa yesterday which booked them a place in the 2018 World Cup.
The Senegal international joined the Hammers on a €7.5 million move from Anderlecht in 2014.
Kouyate has one goal in 12 appearances for the East London based outfit this season. In total he has 14 goals and eight assists in 127 appearances since joining.