Report: West Ham and Crystal Palace eye Arsenal star
West Ham are amongst the clubs keen on signing Alexandre Lacazette with the Arsenal forward looking set to leave in the coming months, according to a report from 90min.
What’s the story?
Lacazette is currently set to be able to move as a free agent in the summer. His deal at the Emirates expires at the end of the season.
According to 90min, there appears to be little chance of an extension being agreed. There has reportedly been no offer of a new contract despite talks being held between the two parties recently.
And there are a host of sides keen. West Ham are joined by Crystal Palace and Lyon in the running for the 30-year-old’s signature. Interestingly, it is suggested that he is open to staying in London.
Meanwhile, previous reports suggested that Atletico Madrid were set to prioritise a move for the Frenchman.
Lacazette on a free transfer seems a no-brainer for West Ham
The Hammers have not always had the best record when signing players perhaps past their peak in recent years.
But signing Lacazette on a free transfer could prove an inspired piece of business.
Admittedly, he will still not come cheap. He currently earns around £182,000-a-week at the Emirates. And the amount of interest in him will surely ensure that he can demand a good contract.
But his record for the Gunners is good. He has 67 goals and 29 assists in 173 appearances in all competitions.
Lacazette scored 13 times in the Premier League last season.
He has not been incredibly prolific. But he would still bring a lot to the table if he moved to the London Stadium.
West Ham still need a new striker. And Lacazette is certainly a name worth considering given his contract situation.
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