By West Ham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have launched a £25million bid to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to a report.
Mauricio Pochettino has targeted the France international as one of the men he wants to bolster his side’s striking options next season.
The Daily Mail claim Spurs have opened talks with Lyon over the summer transfer of the 24-year-old, who scored 23 goals for Lyon this season.
It is said Tottenham are trying to steal a march on their rivals West Ham, who have already had a £20million-plus offer for Laczaette rejected.
Lyon are holding out for a fee of £30million, while Spurs value Lacazette at around £25million, leaving a £5million deficit in the valuations of the two clubs.
The London club have made a formal move for the France international as they step up plans to strengthen their squad this summer.
Lacazette, 24, ended the season as the second leading scorer in Ligue 1, behind only Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The prolific Frenchman has scored 21 goals from 34 league games this season, and 23 from 44 matches in all competitions.
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs are also chasing Mitchy Batshuayi after making extensive scouting trips to assess the Marseille striker, who is also rated in the £30million bracket by his current club.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are ready to sell a 23-year-old attacker amid interest from two Premier League outfits.