West Ham United remain interested in landing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette and are ready to offer him a deal that puts them in the driving seat for his signature, TEAMtalk understands.
The Hammers tried and failed to add to their attacking options in the January window. Ultimately, though, David Moyes was left empty handed as efforts to land forwards such as Raphinha, Darwin Nunez and Gabriel Barbosa all counted for nothing.
However, work continues to go on behind the scenes and David Moyes is still intent on adding to his ranks this summer.
And at least one new forward will be added to the West Ham squad, with Lacazette just one player whose situation they are looking at closely.
The 30-year-old, who turns 31 in May, has performed well for Mikel Arteta. But with his contract due to expire, the Gunners have a decision to make.
Indeed, Arteta is open to him staying, though Lacazette is looking for a long-term deal. That is something Arsenal’s hierarchy are opposed to, having been stung before for players over 30. However, their unwillingness to offer him a long-term stay could ultimately count against them.
Furthermore, the Gunners also want to bring in a new striker of their own. To that end, the likes of Alexander Isak and even Steven Bergwijn have been linked.
“I think with Alex it’s very clear what he brings to the team,” said Arteta. “He’s shown it consistently since I’ve been here, and what we have to resolve is the contractual timing, in the best possible way, and when we all align on the same page.”
Options open to Alexandre Lacazette
Despite Arteta’s words of praise, unless Arsenal up the length of their terms, then he looks likely that he will move on.
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And as a free agent, it’s easy to see why he’s a man in demand.
Among his suitors, his former club Lyon are keen to take him back to France.
Italian champions Inter and their city rivals Milan are also amongst his suitors. Aston Villa are also reportedly keen.
However, there is a strong chance that Lacazette could remain in England, and in London. And that is where West Ham come into play.
We understand the Hammers are looking a multi-year offer for Lacazette, which puts them in the driving seat for his signature.
And unless Arsenal match those terms, the striker may well end up moving across London to West Ham.