West Ham ponder £16m bid for six-goal Ligue 1 striker

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Montpellier striker Gaetan Laborde has emerged as an option for to West Ham boss David Moyes this month, claims a report.

Since Sebastien Haller’s departure to Ajax in a £20million deal a fortnight ago, the Hammers have been linked with numerous frontmen.

It’s understood there have been no firm bids but manager David Moyes confirmed he is in the market for new faces.

“We would like to strengthen if we can,” the Scot told Amazon Prime. “But the most important thing is that we win games. We win our games with the players we’ve got.

“If we think there’s players out there who can help the team perform better and win more often then I’m interested.”

And the latest name in the frame, according to the Telegraph is 26-year-old Laborde.

Ligue 1 side Montpellier are ready to listen to offers for the Frenchman, who has hit six goals and grabbed six assists in 20 Ligue 1 appearances this season.

The former France Under-20 star can play all across the frontline, but does have two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract.



The report claims Laborde is seen as a player who could adapt to the Premier League and a £16m offer from the Hammers could be in the pipeline.

Striker short-list

Earlier this month, according to Eurosport FR (via GFFN) Laborde was a potential option for Wolves, who are looking to replace Raul Jimenez.

Former striker Marko Arnautovic, who left London two years ago, is also a target for Moyes, while Boulaye Dia at Reims is another player from France they have tracked.

Borussia Monchengladbach’s talanted forward Alassane Plea was linked with a move over the weekend.

According to Noticias Cadistas (as cited by HITC) the Hammers were also preparing an offer for Cadiz forward Anthony Lozano.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph suggest Blackburn’s talented forward Adam Armstrong has impressed their scouts. Delving into the Championship paid off a year ago when they signed Jarrod Bowen from Hull.