Liverpool & Everton ‘want Lacazette to replace departing strikers’

Date published: Sunday 3rd April 2016 12:57 - James Marshment

Alexandre Lacazette: Will consider Premier League move in summer

Liverpool and Everton are reportedly set to join the race to sign Alexandre Lacazette amid claims both clubs are preparing for the summer exits of expensive striker signings.

Both clubs have monitored the progress of the 24-year Lyon star Lacazette, who went into this weekend’s matches level with Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani for joint-second in the Ligue 1 scoring chart.

The France striker was linked with moves to Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham during the January transfer window and they are likely to still be keen on the player over the summer, though Newcastle will drop their interest if they lose their fight for Premier League survival.

And the player has already put his suitors on alert this summer by admitting a move to England would tempt him.

Seamus Coleman (right): Frustrated by Everton's season

And the Sunday People claims the two Merseyside rivals will join the growing number of clubs looking to sign him as they look certain to need a boost to their respective strikeforces next season.

Everton star Romelu Lukaku has made it clear he wants Champions League football, with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich among the clubs linked with him.

And, over at Anfield, it seems Christian Benteke will be on his way.

Benteke has failed to make an impact under Jurgen Klopp, and Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for the man who cost £32.5million from Aston Villa last summer. The player recently voiced his frustration at his lack of game time for the Reds and a summer departure seems inevitable.

Lacazette’s price will reportedly be around £22million, with Lyon in a strong position after he signed a five-year deal with the club last year.

But that fee is unlikely to put off Premier League suitors, with the number of clubs pursuing the player set to raise that asking price further.

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