With transfer deadline day fast approaching, and West Ham United looking to strengthen before September comes along, the club is making an effort to capture Ivorian Wilfried Bony from Manchester City.

The powerful striker is out of favour with new Man City coach Pep Guardiola, and is rumoured to be keen on a move away from the club in search of playing time and a fresh start.

West Ham are hoping to make a deal with the Citizens for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner, with a view to a loan deal that will see him joining the Hammers for the 2016-17 season, which is already two games in.

Bony has struggled since his move to Manchester, netting only 6 times in the premier league since his move from Swansea © Jan Kruger/Getty

The London club is troubled in attack, with Ghanaian record signing Andre Ayew out for the rest of the year, while fellow striker Andy Carroll requires another six weeks of recovery time to return from a knee problem.

Bony will likely be interested in a loan move to West Ham, as the 2017 AFCON is set to take place in Gabon at the beginning of next year, and the attacker is aiming to be part of the Elephants squad that will defend their African crown.