Club president confirms bid for Rachid Ghezzal from West Ham United

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Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed West Ham United’s bid for Rachid Ghezzal.

REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Speaking to L'Equipe (via ESPN), Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has explained that West Ham United have placed a bid to sign Richard Ghezzal.

Ghezzal was one of the most exciting attackers in Europe last season and his eight goals as well as eight assists went a long way in helping Lyon qualify for the Champions League.

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Given Ghezzal’s fine form, it has been no surprise to see a host of top clubs courting the services of the 24-year-old this summer and recently Premier League side West Ham have allegedly placed a bid of around £6.8 million for the winger (London Evening Standard).

Ghezzal has entered the final year of his contract at Lyon and despite West Ham’s relatively low offer, it seemed like the London side would be able to sign the Algerian international.

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Now Lyon president Aulas has confirmed that West Ham have indeed placed a bid for Ghezzal but has insisted that the player does not want to leave the Parc Olympique Lyonnais and that the club are looking to tie him down to a new contract.

"He wants me to talk with his advisors and so I'm going to call them this week to try to break the deadlock," Aulas told L'Equipe.

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"I like Rachid a lot. It would be really good if we might be able to reach an agreement. We have received offers for him, including the one from West Ham.

"I know that Rachid doesn't want to leave Lyon so we have to find an agreement so as not to remain in a situation that's not good for either of the two parties involved."

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