According to Sky Sports news, West Ham United asked Saint-Etienne to decide whether to accept their offer to Fofana before Friday local time.
The report claimed that West Ham United did not want to be involved in the bidding war. They offered Fofana an initial transfer fee of 23 million pounds and added an additional bonus clause of 10 million.
West Ham United will pay 23 million pounds in six installments of the transfer fee, Fofana is also the signing target of Leicester City and AC Milan.
Fofana, who is only 19 years old, came out of the Saint-Etienne youth training. He renewed his contract with the team in April this year until the summer of 2024.
Fofana has become a key member of Saint-Etienne, after news that the team coach Pierre did not want to let him go.