By Tom Blackburn

Crystal Palace are hopeful of beating a host of clubs to the signing of Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar, according to a report.

Italian website Tutto Mercato Web claim there is a chase to sign Lazaar involving Palace, Premier League rivals Southampton and La Liga side Celta Vigo.

This comes after the Evening Standard claimed last week that West Ham were leading the race to land the left-sided player for £2.5million.

Moreover, Italian publication Mediagol claimed that the Morocco international had agreed a three-year contract with the Hammers before speculation subsequently went quiet.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic stated earlier this month that the club were aiming to bring in five players before the 31 August transfer cut-off.

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