West Ham striker target to be offered new deal

According to reports in the Daily Mirror, West Ham United target Alexandre Lacazette is set to be offered a new deal by Lyon.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Hammers have long been linked with a move for the French striker, and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed that they turned down a bid of more than £40m from Slaven Bilic’s side in the summer, with the player not keen on the move to the London Stadium.

Following Saturday’s 2-1 win against Toulouse, Aulas said (via the Daily Mirror): “I would like for us to be able to extend Alexandre’s contract.”

The Irons eventually went for Simone Zaza, but they have struggled for goals so far this term, scoring just ten times in their opening ten Premier League games, and could look to strengthen up top in January.

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Why isn’t Zaza cutting it?

The Italian just doesn’t look suited to the Premier League, and Bilic has even started without a recognised striker in West Ham’s previous two matches.

Of course, it can take a while to acclimatise to English football, and Hammers supporters will hope he comes good sooner rather than later.

Would Lacazette solve their goalscoring woes?

Almost definitely. The 25-year-old has scored nine goals in nine matches in all competitions this season and appears to be far more clinical in front of goal than any of the strikers currently on West Ham’s books.