President: £40m-rated striker will not be joining West Ham
By Tom Blackburn
Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulus has claimed the club will snub offers for Alexander Lacazette and he will stay at the club this summer.
Lacazette has been linked with a transfer to the Premier League, with West Ham reportedly tabling a £32million offer for the striker but refusing to meet Lyon’s £40million valuation.
Talking to French sports newspaper L’Equipe, Aulus has claimed that Lacazette, 24, has made the decision to remain at the Ligue 1 club.
“It seems Alex wants to spend this season with Lyon in the new stadium,” said Aulas. “He wants to know an adventure in the Champions League could be much better than last season. I think he will stay with us and we are very happy.”
Lacazette was in fine form last season in France’s top tier, scoring 23 goals in his 44 appearances to help guide them to Champions League qualification.
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The forward has only played for Lyon at senior level since his debut in 2010 and with just two years left on his current contract, could be tempted with a move to the Premier League to further his career.
The Ligue 1 Player of the Year for 204-15 has only made 10 appearances for his national side and was not selected for the France Euro 2016 squad who compete in the final against Portugal on Sunday.
The Hammers have also missed out on their second choice, Michy Batshuayi, who has joined Chelsea for £33million, and look set to miss out on third choice Christian Benteke as Crystal Palace hope to seal a move for £31.5million.
Arsenal are looking for a striker with doubts surrounding Olivier Giroud’s ability to guide the club to domestic success, and they have already missed out on Jamie Vardy this summer.
In other West Ham news, they have made an approach for a Franc-based midfielder.