By Will Butcher
West Ham had a huge offer of £43million turned down for France international Alexandre Lacazette, according to the Lyon owner.
The 25-year-old has been high on the Hammers’ shortlist this summer, but they failed in a move to sign Lyon’s number 10 despite the reported substantial offer.
Sky Sports’ transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol reported via his personal Twitter account that Lyon’s owner Jean-Michael Aulas told French channel SFR Sport he had personally turned down the offer from the East London club.
Lacazette has scored 98 goals in 234 appearances for Lyon since he graduated through the Parc Olympique youth ranks.
Lacazette, who had also been strongly linked with Arsenal this summer, has started the season in impeccable form. The 10-time international has scored six goals in four games for Les Gones.
The 5ft 9in striker, who has just one France goal against Denmark last year, has three years remaining on his Lyon contact.
The news will come as a disappointment to West Ham fans, who have been desperate for manager Slaven Bilic to sign a striker this summer.
The Hammers are currently relying on inexperienced new signings Ashley Fletcher and Jonathan Calleri to lead the Hammers’ attack, after injuries to club-record signing Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll. However, they have secured the services of Italy international Simone Zaza on a season-long loan.
Along with Ayew, Calleri, Zaza and Fletcher, former Croatia manager Bilic has made Manuel Lanzini’s loan deal permanent as well as signing Arthur Masuaka, Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit, Gokhan Tore and Edimilson Fernandes.
In other West Ham transfer news, this experienced striker is unlikely to move to the London Stadium this summer after choosing to sign for Reading.