Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is attracting plenty of attention across Europe, and reports have suggested he may be open to a move to the Premier League in the summer.
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Champions League the Key to Hammers Landing Lacazette
Friday, March 18
"West Ham [United] ready to bid €40 million (£31.2 million) for Alexandre Lacazette, according to L'Equipe. He'll only go if there's Champions League football," relayed French football writer Robin Bairner.
Slaven Bilic's Hammers are firmly in the running for Champions League football next season as they currently sit just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the Premier League.
Lacazette, 24, would undoubtedly be an excellent addition to the West Ham squad as he has proven in Ligue 1 that he is a consistent goalscorer.
Following his breakout season in 2014-15—in which he netted 27 goals in 33 league appearances—he has followed it up in the current campaign with 13 in 26, per WhoScored.com.
A France international, Lacazette is the calibre of player West Ham could now attract after a brilliant season in the Premier League.
And the forward has previously admitted he would be open to a move to the Premier League, per Le 10 Sport (via football writer Kristian Sturt): "A departure? Yes, I think about the Premier League. It is very attractive for a player."
L'Equipe's report also indicated that Bilic has sought the help of Dimitri Payet to "sound out" compatriot Lacazette, via French football writer Matt Spiro.
As their star striker, Lyon will not let Lacazette go easily, and he is contracted to the club until 2019.
But given that he seems open to a move to England, and as long as West Ham can afford to pay a hefty fee, the Hammers could bag themselves a top-quality player if they can qualify for the Champions League.