By West Ham correspondent Tony Hughes
West Ham have tabled a stunning £31million bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to a report.
The London club made a formal move for the France international as they step up plans to strengthen their squad this summer.
Sky Sports News claimed on Tuesday night that Lyon have rejected the bid for Lacazette as they have no interest in offloading the player.
The attempt to land the Frenchman comes just 24 hours after the Hammers made a double bid of £25million for Bournemouth duo Callum Wilson and Matt Richie.
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.
News of West Ham’s stunning three offers comes a week after co-chairman David Sullivan claimed the club had made a £23.8million bid for a player on the Continent and were also preparing to make a second, £20million-plus bid for a Premier League-based player.
“We hope to bring in one or two top players,” Sullivan told Sky Sports News HQ on Monday of last week. “The Olympic Stadium gives us about £12million a year of extra income.
“We put a bid in today for €30million for a player and other bids are going in. We’re going to be making a £20- £25million bid for a player in England later this week.
“Whatever happens we intend to bring a top striker in.”
Asked if West Ham would be spending £50million on two players, Sullivan told Sky Sports News: “No, one or the other.” Asked for a name, Sullivan replied, “I can’t give you a name, we’re not close enough.”
Sullivan’s comments make it clear that West Ham are ready to smash their club record transfer fee of £15.5million, which was spent to entice Andy Carroll from Liverpool in the summer of 2013.
Carroll is comfortably the Hammers’ record signing, although the club have also spent £10million-plus fees on the likes of Payet, Enner Valencia and Angel Ogbonna.
In other West Ham news, co-chairman David Gold has spoken boldly of where the club can finish next season if they strengthen their squad this summer.