West Ham United in battle to land £9m Caen starlet

West Ham United are reportedly set to go head-to-head with RB Leipzig for the signature of Yann Karamoh, the young Caen forward.

The 18-year-old joined the youth team setup at the Stade Michel d’Ornano in 2011, and forced his way into the first team last season when he made his debut in August.

Karamoh went on to make a total of 35 appearances in Ligue 1, scoring five goals and assisting in a further four, which helped his side avoid relegation by a solitary point.

The form of the Ivory Coast-born forward has caught the attention of West Ham, but according to Goal.com, the Premier League side face competition from RB Leipzig.

Having finished second to Bayern Munich last season, the recently-formed Bundesliga side are in a position to offer the teenager UEFA Champions League football next term.

But Slaven Bilic will hope the pull of the Premier League, coupled with a move to the capital, may persuade Karamoh to opt for a move to England rather than Germany.

Caen are unlikely to be able to prevent the departure of the France Under-21 international, but will hold out for a fee of around £9million before agreeing to let the player leave.

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