West Ham: Lacazette latest; London Stadium "should be demolished"; more interest in Zaza
Just as speculation began to resurface that West Ham could make another move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, the Mirror report that he is set to sign a new deal with his club as they desperately try to secure his future and put an end to rumours linking him with the Premier League.
The 25-year-old continues to set the world alight in Ligue 1 with nine goals in seven games so far this campaign, whilst West Ham’s forwards are yet to claim a single strike this season with Slaven Bilic’s summer buys proving to be a massive disappointment for fans and the manager alike.
Stadium expert Paul Fletcher, former Burnley striker and CEO, who was also involved in the building of new grounds for Bolton, Huddersfield, Coventry and Wembley, has revealed that he believes the London Stadium should be knocked down and rebuilt. Fletcher told the BBC:
“Either we go on as we are for the next 30 or 40 years or we knock it down and start again. Something has to give. If you want to satisfy spectators the only way to get those spectators near that pitch is to knock it down and start again. I said what you must do is design a football stadium that converts to an athletics stadium for two weeks of its lifetime. When I build my football stadiums, my number one concern is the spectator. What they’ve done is tried to convert an athletics stadium into a football pitch and, in my opinion, it doesn’t work.”
Life has not been easy for the Hammers in their new home, with the problems of the stadium not being adapted to football clearly on display, never more so than when 5,000 Chelsea fans were forced to enter through eight turnstiles last week for the EFL Cup clash between the two sides.
Another West Ham asset with a bleak future looks set to be Simone Zaza as he continues to be linked with a number of Serie A clubs after failing to adapt to life in London and in the Premier League, with Calciomercato reporting that AC Milan are the latest club to be preparing a bid for the Italian.
Now 16 games without a goal for the Hammers, Italy and Juventus, and with only three goals in 26 games since Christmas, Zaza is desperately short of confidence and is struggling to find form in his new surroundings, with the Irons increasingly concerned and looking for alternatives with a £17 million purchase clause included in his loan deal once he makes a set number of appearances for the club.
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