Barcelona linked with West Ham and Spurs target

Date published: Thursday 28th April 2016 4:55

Alexandre Lacazette: Heavily linked with move to Premier League.

Barcelona have emerged as potential frontrunners in the race for Alexandre Lacazette, who has been linked with West Ham and Tottenham.

According to L’Equipe, Barcelona are willing to splash the cash to lure the Lyon striker to the Nou Camp.

The French publication says the Catalans feel the reason for their recent struggles is due to tiredness of the front three and lack of a real back-up option for Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Earlier in the season, Lacazette gave an interview with the Telegraph which gave major hints about his future.

“I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also. There is no formal agreement that I will go but the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] knows that it’s a possibility that I will leave Lyon at the end of the season.”

“I have some personal objectives to follow from now until the end of the season. Then at the end of the season we will see. I will speak about staying or not at Lyon.”

Lyon have had a good season by all accounts, currently sitting in second position in Ligue 1 and looking set to qualify for the Champions League.

Lacazette, who is by no means guaranteed to be in France’s squad for Euro 2016, caused a stir at the start of the season when he criticised Aulas for his handling of contract negotiations.

“It hurts,” the Lyon academy graduate told L’Equipe. “I think that’s the right word. When you’re a young guy at the club, from the city, who’s never behaved badly towards anyone, to be treated like that… yes, it’s hurtful.

“I’d just had my best season – I’d really helped the team to get back into the Champions League.”

Everything points to an exit for the 24-year-old, who did eventually manage to secure an extension with Lyon until 2019.

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