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Premier League leaders West Ham United will make a bid for Montpellier’s £16 million-rated favourite Gaetan Laborde today, according to Le10 Sport. 

Is the best strike partnership in Ligue 1 about to be broken up? And no, we don’t mean the Harlem Globetrotters trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. 

It has been a fixture of French football in recent years, Laborde and Andy Delort bullying and battering opposition defenders into submission, an old-school, two-man partnership dovetailing beautifully while transforming Montpellier into unlikely European challengers. 

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Between them, Laborde and Delort scored 31 Ligue 1 goals in 2020/21 – 16 for the latter and 15 for the former. 

So, for Montpellier supporters, life without Laborde and Delort doesn’t bear thinking about.

That nightmare scenario could soon become reality, however, with Le10 Sport claiming both players could be on their way out of the Stade de la Mosson before next week’s transfer deadline. 

Is Gaetan Laborde finally heading to West Ham?

The acrobatic, athletic Delort has his heart set on a move to big-spending Nice.

And, according to Le10 Sport, West Ham will submit an offer today for long-time transfer target Laborde. 

The Hammers failed with a bid for the 27-year-old in January.

This time, though, it seems the Premier League pacesetters are ready and willing to meet Montpellier’s demands for the £16 million-rated former France U21 international. 

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After Michail Antonio ripped into Leicester City’s back line like a hungry lion let loose in a Michelin-starred steakhouse, becoming the club’s all-time record Premier League goalscorer in the process, Laborde would probably arrive as a back-up option rather than a guaranteed starter. 

Then again, given Antonio’s worrying injury record – and a fixture schedule made all the more daunting by the prospect of European football – a new centre-forward is a necessity rather than a luxury.  

West Ham surely can’t expect to maintain their stunning start to the season with one injury-prone striker at David Moyes’ disposal?

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