West Ham are winning the race to sign coveted Nice striker Loic Remy after making an improved bid.
The 23-year-old has attracted interest from a host of clubs throughout Europe, with Roy Hodgson's Liverpool also linked with the striker.
After having a couple of offers rebuffed, the Hammers have now reportedly agreed to pay the €13.5million fee for the player in just one payment, rather than in instalments which was originally proposed.
This new offer seems to have swayed the race in their favour, with Nice's general manager Patrick Governatori confirming to L'Equipe that they are very close to an agreement with the Hammers.
He said: "We received a new offer from West Ham which seems good and suits us.
"If Liverpool want him, we need clear arrangements and commitments. West Ham are very keen. And we want to sort out that case before the end of the month."