As per 90min, West Ham United could now sign Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette with the player looking likely to leave ‘in the coming months’.
The Lowdown: West Ham in striker chase…
Since the beginning of 2021, it has been one of manager David Moyes’ main transfer missions to bring a striker to West Ham but the club have faltered in their bids to do so.
As a result, the Irons only have star striker Michail Antonio to choose from as an out-and-out centre forward option, but news has now emerged on another target.
The Latest: West Ham ‘potential destination’ for Lacazette…
According to 90min, West Ham are a ‘potential destination’ for Gunners forward Lacazette with the Frenchman looking likely to leave in the ‘coming months’.
While he is increasingly expected to leave as a free agent next summer, the report refuses to completely rule out his exit in January – where Arsenal would still be able to command a small fee for his services.
The 30-year-old has plenty of admirers from overseas but, in a boost for West Ham, he is also open to remaining in England’s capital as both the Hammers and Crystal Palace eye a move.
The Verdict: Good back up option?
Described as one of Arsenal’s ‘big’ and ‘senior’ players by Mikel Arteta, Lacazette scored 17 goals in all competitions last year under the Spaniard and West Ham could land him at a discounted price due to his contract situation – if the Gunners do indeed sell in January.
Valued at around £25.2 million by Transfermarkt, the odds are that GSB and co will have to pay significantly less considering Lacazette can agree pre-contracts with overseas clubs – meaning Arsenal will be eager to offload for whatever they can receive.
This puts West Ham in a strong negotiating position and his strikes last year indicate he would be a more than solid back up to Antonio.
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