West Ham launching bid today that meets demands and ends striker hunt

Date published: Tuesday 24th August 2021 1:00 - Dan Burnham

West Ham are set to put an end to their hunt for a new striker which began back in January by today submitting a bid that should be accepted.

The Hammers let record signing Sebastien Haller go to Ajax in January. David Moyes decided not to replace him at that time and instead opted to wait until the summer. It therefore seemed they would get a new frontman in early in the window. However, this did not happen.

And they started the season without one. This hasn’t affected them yet, though, with two wins from two and eight goals scored putting them top of the table.

Nevertheless, their need for a new striker remains. Michael Antonio, who has scored three of those eight goals, has been severely impacted by injuries in the past and cannot be solely relied upon.

Many names have been linked with a move to east London in recent months. But it is one that the Hammers considered all the way back at the start of their search that looks likely to fill the hole.

Montpellier striker Gaetan Laborde emerged as an option for Moyes during the winter transfer window.

In the last week it has become apparent that he is still on the Scotsman’s list of targets. And now a move is going to be made very soon.

That’s according to Le10 SportIn fact, the French outlet have reported that the Premier League side planned to submit an offer today.

Laborde (pictured right) has two years left on his current contract and therefore is available for the right price.

Gaetan Laborde celebrates scoring for Montpellier, May 2021

That fee has been set at somewhere between €15-20m by Montpellier, the report claims.

And West Ham are apparently going to meet these demands, so therefore should have their bid accepted. The exact amount they are offering remains unclear.

Laborde, 27, has spent his whole career in his native France. He has registered 38 goals in 117 appearances for Montpellier.

West Ham seek Lingard alternative

Meanwhile, the Hammers have also reportedly identified an attacking alternative to Jesse Lingard, should the England international remain at Manchester United.

Lingard, 28, joined the Hammers on loan in January after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford. He went on to become a huge hit.

Lingard returned to Manchester at the end of last season and has been linked with a permanent West Ham move ever since.

However, a transfer has stalled due to United’s asking price. As such, West Ham are drawing up a wish list of other options. One of the names on that list has now been revealed…

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