By Tom Blackburn

West Ham have been told they will have to pay at least £40million for the services of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, according to reports.

The Mirror claim the Hammers have had an improved £32million bid rejected and the French club insist that they will not sell for less than their valuation.

The bid from West Ham was their second offer for 24-year-old Lacazette, who has netted 21 times in 34 Ligue 1 appearances this season.

In contrast, no West Ham player reached double figures in the league during the 2015-16 campaign, with Dimitri Payet’s nine goals the top tally.

Laczaette’s goals were expected to earn him a spot in the country’s Euro 2016 squad but he was overlooked by manager Didier Deschamps.

Nevertheless, it is said that signing the prolific spearhead is a priority for Hammers manager Slaven Bilic.

Lacazette joined Lyon as a 12-year-old and was offered his first professional deal with the club in 2010 and six years on has become a key player.

West Ham have had plenty of speculation surrounding their pursuit of potential new strikers, with offers supposedly made for Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi and Liverpool’s Christian Benteke.

The size of their bid for Lacazette suggests he is their preferred target as they set their sights on handing Bilic a prolific striker for next season.

In other West Ham news, they are ready to trigger an £8million release clause to bring a winger to the Olympic Stadium.