Report: Lacazette sale likely as Lyon look to balance books; Umtiti approach received

Alexandre Lacazette

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with moves for both players, while reports suggest Lacazette is also a target for West Ham United.

Lyon may be forced to sell its star names this summer, including reported Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United target Alexandre Lacazette, according to Get French Football News, which cites L'Equipe.

A draw against Reims on Saturday will secure Lyon's qualification for next season's Champions League group stages, however, GFFN reports the sales of key players are likely "to satisfy the demands of the French football financial watchdog, the DNCG."

The report claims Lyon would demand €35m plus bonuses for Lacazette, who they are reluctant to lose. However, it adds they may not have a choice, even if other sales go ahead.

Mauricio Pochettino last month confirmed Spurs' intention to sign a new striker, while the Mirror reported them to be leading Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton in the race to land Lacazette.

The Mail later claimed that West Ham were plotting talks over the 24-year-old, for whom they would be prepared to smash their transfer record as they begin life at the Olympic Stadium.

Lacazette has scored 23 goals for Les Gones this season and 92 in 229 appearances since graduating the club's youth system.

GFFN reports that Lyon plan to keep fellow homegrown stars Samuel Umtiti and Nabil Fekir, despite Pochettino admitting Spurs' interest in the former.

However, Roma are said to have made the only concrete approach for Umtiti so far.

According to GFFN, another reported Hammers target, Wissam Ben Yedder, is high on Lyon's list to replace Lacazette.

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