Lyon president confirms rejecting £31m West Ham United bid for Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette

West Ham have been heavily linked with the French international.

West Ham have been heavily linked with plenty of new strikers this summer, as it is a position that The Hammers need to find improvement.

One name who has been consistently linked with a move to West Ham is Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

The Lyon goal-machine has been linked with plenty of Premier League teams recently and reports have suggested West Ham might have already made a bid for the player.

Now the outspoken Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted that West Ham did indeed make a bid for the player – but it was rejected by the club.

He is quoted by Sky Sports as telling Le Progres:

"For a sale to be made, all three parties must agree. We have refused several offers, the most important from West Ham for €40 million (£31 million) and we refused it."

Aulas also admitted that Lacazette was not necessarily not for sale. He is worried about leaving a sale too late and ending up in a similar situation to rivals Monaco last season, after they sold Anthony Martial to Manchester United:

"I do not want on August 28, ahead of the Champions League, to find ourselves in the same situation as Monaco [who sold Anthony Martial to Manchester United last summer].

"Ideally, he will stay. If he has an offer that he can't refuse then it will come through me, and that's it."

Lacazette has been linked with a number of clubs in recent weeks, owing to his excellent form in the French top flight in recent seasons.

The French international is hot property and Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the player.

West Ham are believed to be looking for a new striker as Andy Carroll has battled injury problems throughout his West Ham career – as has Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

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