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Report: Lyon join West Ham in race for Laborde

Lyon have joined West Ham in the race to for Gaetan Laborde, according to France Bleu.

What’s the story?

The Hammers were recently linked with the Montpellier centre-forward. According to reports from L’Equipe two months ago, the east Londoners were in pole position to sign the ace.

However, there has been a new update from France Blue, who claim Ligue 1 outfit Lyon have joined the race.

According to the French publication, the player is ‘still on the shelves’ of David Moyes’ team, Sevilla and Stade Rennais. Montpellier are demanding €20m (£17m) for the 16-goal star.

West Ham’s Michail Antonio has enjoyed a fine start to the new Premier League season. The 30-year-old has already scored three times in two games, breaking Paolo Di Canio’s all-time top goal-scorer record.

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West Ham need to secure Laborde

It is not too surprising to see West Ham start the season like a train.

The team have scored eight goals across their two league games so far, swatting away calls for more attackers in the process.

But the season really gets underway in September, when the club have to contend with the Thursday-Sunday schedule.

Europa League football can be brutal, especially for newcomers. Squad rotation will be key for Moyes as West Ham look to remain competitive across both Europe and the league.

That will only be possible with backups in almost every position on the field.

Right now, Antonio has no one to back him up. Should he get injured, you would fear the worst for the east Londoners.

As a result, signing a striker, maybe Laborde, is key for West Ham amid talk of interest from Lyon.

Meanwhile, West Ham fans want to sign a 23-year-old instead of Lingard.

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