By Will Butcher
West Ham have turned their attention to Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar as they step up their search for Aaron Cresswell’s replacement.
Cresswell, 26, injured his knee in a pre-season friendly against German side Karlsruher and will be sidelined for up to four months.
Goal.com have claimed that West Ham are set to go head-to-head with Italian giants Roma for the Morocco international.
Lazaar, who can also play on the left-side of midfield, has less than 12 months remaining on his Rosanero deal and is available at a cut-price £3.4million.
Journalist Bruno Andrade, who wrote the article for Goal.com, claimed via his personal Twitter account that the Hammers were looking to pay £2.5million for the former Varese defender, £900,000 less than the asking price.
Andrade’s translated tweet read: Lyon made a proposal of €2million for Lazaar. Palermo wants at least €4million. Rome and West Ham will try to offer €3million.
Premier League rivals Swansea are also interested in signing the 24-year-old, while Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon have also been credited with an interest.
The 16-time capped international was integral to Palermo’s Serie A campaign last season, making 30 domestic appearances for Davide Ballardini’s side.
The Hammers have been linked with a whole clutch of names since Cresswell’s injury, and have had bids for Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs and Norwich’s Martin Olsson both rejected.
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