Report: Crystal Palace, West Ham monitoring Achraf Lazaar's contract situation

Stadio Renzo Barbera

Palermo left back Achraf Lazaar is reportedly a target for Crystal Palace and West Ham.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Crystal Palace and West Ham are considering moves to sign Palermo left back Achraf Lazaar.

Lazaar, 23, joined Palermo from Varese in January 2014, and his impressive performances in Serie A have now earned him seven caps for the Morocco national team.

Initially signed as cover for former West Ham defender Fabio Daprela, Lazaar is now the first choice left wing back for Palermo, featuring in 22 games this season, notching two goals and two assists.

Having established himself as a key player for Palermo this term, it's only natural that they would want to keep him at the club, with Tutto Mercato Web reporting that he could extend his contract until 2019, with his current deal set to expire in 2017.

However, they also suggest that Lazaar could snub a stay at Palermo and leave the club - with Crystal Palace and West Ham singled out as possible destinations for the versatile left sided player.

Palace snapped up left back Pape Souare from Lille in January, but he has featured just five times so far, whilst Lazaar's ability to play on the left of midfield could be appealing to Alan Pardew.

Meanwhile, West Ham have seen Aaron Cresswell enjoy a productive first season in the Premier League, but recent reports from the Daily Mirror have linked Chelsea and Manchester City with moves to lure him away from Upton Park - and whilst Stephen Hendrie will arrive from Hamilton this summer, the Hammers would need a more established replacement if Cresswell were to leave.

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