Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are on the look-out for a new striker. It may not come this January but it will definitely be a priority this summer.
With every goal that Alexandre Lacazette scores this season, not only is his price tag continuing to climb, but this interest in acquiring his services reaches boiling point.
On Sunday afternoon, the 23-year-old scored the opening goal as Lyon beat Guingamp 3-1 and it took him to the top of the Ligue 1 goal-scoring table.
All the early season plaudits went to Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac as he guided his side to top of the league with 10 goals in 12 games, but slowly and surely, Lacazette has started the season in great form and now sits on top of the table.
Sunday’s striker was his 11th goal on the season and backs up Didier Deschamps decision to recall him to the France squad for upcoming games against Albania and Sweden.
Lyon started the season slowly, actually recording the worst start the club has experience in their history. Defeats against Metz and Toulouse put new boss Hubert Fournier in a difficult position, but the goals from Lacazette kept Lyon’s head above water.
Eventually, Lyon began to get players back from injury, and the free-flowing football they are playing now began to emerge. Even though he is still only 23, Lacazette is one of the experienced players in the Lyon side and the forward is leading from the front.
This season he looks more mature than ever, using the ball well, making some excellent runs and flourishing from another season at Lyon.
His game looks so well-rounded. This week he scored with a back-post header after Nabil Fekir’s cross was flicked on by Milan Bisevac - a well-placed, strong finish from Lacazette.
What he has also done well it to receive the ball into feet, use his strength to hold the ball up, then turn with pace and skill to attacking the opposition back line.
Both Liverpool and Spurs could do with someone of his quality in their sides, but nothing but a hefty transfer fee will help the suitors wrestle him away from Les Gones.