West Ham United are in the market for a striker this summer, with reports in the Mirror yesterday suggesting that Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac was back on the Hammers' radar. However, another alleged former target was declaring his desire to move to England last night.
EA Guingamp’s Claudio Beauvue was speaking to radio station RMC and made it clear he was leaving the Breton club this summer:
"I hope to leave Guingamp,” confirmed the EAG attacker “Afterwards, there will be discussions. I also have a president who should receive an offer.
"I'm having a fairly good season. My advisors have always protected. I work on the pitch, they do the work off it. We will look at it during or after the holidays. Then, I can choose, or not, the club I want. England? I do not put a priority on it. The English are there ... The President has told me nothing."
This has been a breakout year for Beauvue. His development from a wide player to centre-forward has worked perfectly, following in the footsteps of Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette. He has scored 14 goals in 32 league games and also impressed as the Coupe de France winners reached the knock-out phase of the Europa League.
The former Bastia and Chateauroux player is in the best form of his career, and despite interest from Ligue 1 sides Olympique de Marseille and Saint-Etienne, it is safe to say he is holding out for a move to England.
His powerful, pacey and attentive style would suit the London club, he may not be the name fans would be looking for, but he is better placed than Diafra Sakho was to make an impact and that duo could be an exciting partnership for next season.