West Ham have made no secret of their desire to sign a big-name striker this summer, with numerous media outlets citing various names as potential targets for the Irons.
Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy (The Mirror), AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca (Sky Sports) and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson (the BBC) have all been linked, although it appears that Lacazzete is the club’s top target.
The France international scored 23 times in 44 games last term, and he is widely regarded by a number of Ligue 1 observers as one of the deadliest strikers in Europe at present.
West Ham are looking at bringing in that x-factor to help push the club on to the status of regular top four Premier League challengers in their new Olympic Stadium.
Boss Slaven Bilic impressed in East London last season, and the club seem intent on handing him a hefty budget this summer in order to make big improvements to the current squad.
Lacazette would bring pace, strength and a real fear factor upfront for the Hammers, but acquiring him is turning out to be a lot more difficult than expected as Lyon wish to keep him.
The report states that West Ham’s latest bid was their second attempt at signing the forward this summer, and now it appears a much-improved third bid is needed in order to tempt the French club into selling.