The UK may be in turmoil, the old rule book ripped up and a panic gripping the streets but some things remain constant and true. For example, West Ham are still looking for a striker.
More particularly, they are still in pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette. Their courting of the French star is not a solo pursuit. Now Arsenal are fluttering their eyes at the frontman who netted 21 Ligue goals – especially as Alexis Sanchez may shift from the Emirates to Juventus, according to reports.
Lacazette is playing hard to get and his club are watching his price rise as desperation, and rivals, creep into the process.
But West Ham are prepared to play the field. Reports suggest they have bid for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, 23, but the offer has been rebuffed. The club want nothing less than £32.5million. This is supposedly above West Ham’s pay grade but watch how their resolve comes under pressure as time passes.
The club has come to the conclusion that Dimitri Payet’s creativity, while a star attraction, will not be sufficient to help them vie for cups and top six places in what is likely to be the most competitive Premier League yet. Co-chairman David Sullivan says he wants a “20 goal a season” striker.
Former West Ham winger Kieron Dyer said that Payet was good, but not yet world class .
He said: “He’s been given a new and improved contract, a very big one. If he has another good season I think the chairmen will reward him again.
“The Hammers are in Europe too - it’s the Europa League but they’re still in Europe. I still think they’ve got a decent chance of holding on to him, I do think that.”
“I saw Mark Noble who I know very well from my time there, and I said to him ‘you’re having a good season’ and he said ‘it’s because I’m playing with very, very good players. I’m playing with Lanzinis and Payets and of course you’re going to look brilliant’.”
Noble himself said that Payet loves West Ham and he thinks the French international will stay but “you never know”.
Meanwhile, Joe Allen has raised himself above the parapet with his sterling performances for Wales at Euro 2016. West Ham have stocked up on midfielders in recent weeks but it is reported they are monitoring Allen after Swansea attempted an £8million swoop for the £10million-rated Liverpool player.
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