West Ham transfer round-up: Interest in Charlie Taylor reignited; club close to completing Ayew swoop; Lazaar linked

Charlie Taylor celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds

A select round-up of the latest West Ham United news...

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesAchraf Lazaar in action for Palermo

First up is news emanating from the Italian press claiming that the Hammers have completed a deal to sign Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar for a fee believed to be in the region of £3.3 million, as reported by MediaGol.

The Moroccan international is also reported to have agreed personal terms with the club.

Leeds United's Charlie TaylorLeeds United's Charlie Taylor

However, The Daily Mirror claim that the East London club are set to turn their attention back to Leeds United full-back Charlie Taylor.

Whether Bilic would consider bringing in two players in the left-back position is rather debatable however.

Bilic, meanwhile, has as good as confirmed the signing of Andre Ayew from Swansea City, while going on to clarify the comments he made earlier in the week in regards to wanting five more players.

West Ham's Winston Reid in action with Swansea City's Andre Ayew Andre Ayew in action for Swansea last season against his potential future employers

The Hammers boss was speaking to BT Sport, before his side's friendly against Juventus, as quoted by the Essex Chronicle.

"We are very close to signing Andre Ayew from Swansea," he said. "It's almost done, but until it's done it's never done."

"When I said a few days ago that we are expecting to get five players I didn't mean five new players - but players like Payet, Lanzini and Cresswell who are going to be back."

And finally, in a quirky twist of fate, one of West Ham's reported transfer targets over the summer Simone Zaza (Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio) scored the winning goal for Juventus in their 3-2 victory over the Hammers at the London Stadium today.

Juventus' Simone Zaza celebrates after scoring.Simone Zaza celebrates after scoring.

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