West Ham's pursuit of top transfer target boosted by Euro 2016 snub

Slaven Bilic

West Ham United have been given a boost in the pursuit of one of their top summer transfer targets after a Euro 2016 snub.

The Hammers have enjoyed their best ever Premier League season and know a win over Stoke City on Sunday will guarantee European football at the Olympic Stadium.

With an increase in profile and capacity to 60,000, West Ham will have more pulling power than ever in the transfer market.

The East Londoners have long been credited with an interest in a number of targets at home and abroad.

Lately that speculation has focused on France where they are said to be weighing up moves for Marseille's Michy Batshuayi and Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette.

'Thinking about the Premier League'

According to the Telegraph, the Hammers are readying a club record bid of £23.5 million for Lacazette as a marquee signing to provide the consistent goal threat that has been lacking this season.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph in January, the 24-year-old France international spoke of his desire to leave Lyon at the end of this season and said he was “thinking about the Premier League."

But West Ham face stiff competition for his signature from the likes of bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid.

France snub could be good news for Hammers

There was some good news for the Irons yesterday, though, when Lacazette was snubbed by Didier Deschamps for the French squad to compete at their home European Championships this summer.

Lacazette has 23 goals in 42 games for Lyon this season but that wasn't enough to make the squad.

While it is bad news for the player it could create the perfect scenario for Bilic and co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

With the player not tied up at the Euros this summer there will be no pre-season complications, no danger of his price tag rising further and rival clubs may even be put off given Deschamps's decision.

And if the Hammers did manage to team Lacazette up with fellow Frenchman Dimitri Payet in London, the striker would certainly have a point to prove next season.

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