According to L’Équipe, Premier League side West Ham United are attempting to convince Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette to join them in the summer.
The Hammers continue to send scouts on a weekly basis to observe Lacazette, with the Frenchman having already been the subject of a concrete bid from Newcastle United in January.
Slaven Bilic has also asked Dimitri Payet to attempt to convince Alexandre Lacazette about the advantages that would afforded to the player of Premier League exposure and a London lifestyle.
Owing to the increased Premier League TV deal, West Ham United have between €35m and €40m to spend on a striker this summer.
West Ham’s ultimate success in terms of convincing Lacazette will be down to the fact of whether or not they can offer Champions League football, because if they cannot, then it will be difficult to convince Lacazette and/or Michy Batshuayi, who the Hammers are watching intently.
Lacazette’s agent David Venditelli had the following to say on the matter:
“At the moment, the idea is that Alexandre Lacazette will be at Lyon next season. In any case, we will discuss things when the time comes with Jean Michel Aulas. We have enough experience us two to know what we need to do for Alex’s interests and for the club.”
If West Ham fail in their pursuit of Lacazette, then they will turn to Batshuayi, who is a player that Slaven Bilic adores. However, the Hammers will face the competition of Atletico Madrid, Juventus and other Premier League sides for the Marseille man’s signature in the summer.
André Ayew is another player on West Ham’s shopping list for the summer, according to the report.