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Hammers bid £43m for crocked French striker

LacazetteLyon turned down an offer of £43m for Alexandre Lacazette from West Ham this summer, according to Lyon’s owner.

Sky Sports’ Journalist Kaveh Solhekol posted on his personal Twitter account today that Lyon’s owner Jean-Michael Aulas told French channel SFR Sport he had personally turned down the offer from the Hammers.

“Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas tells French TV station SFR he turned down €50m (£43m) offer from West Ham for Alexandre Lacazette this summer” tweeted Solhekol on social media.

However, maybe the Hammers dodged a massive bullet after Lacazette suffered a serious knee injury in a 4-2 away defeat for Lyon against Dijon over the weekend. The 25 year old has since withdrawn from the French squad for upcoming matches against Italy and Belarus and is likely to be out of action for at least three months due to the injury.

Early in August, Lacazette limped out of Lyon’s heavy defeat to Paris St-Germain with a hip injury in the French version of the Community Shield. Despite this handicap the striker has still managed to score six goals from just three league appearances.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

12 comments on “Hammers bid £43m for crocked French striker

  1. We didn’t really dodge any bullet did we.If we had got him we wouldn’t have signed Ayew & he wouldn’t have been another of our cursed crew at the moment.We just ended up with another bullet that is a blank 😉

      • Sure, the injuries are a pain in the @rse, but compared with the shoot-ourselves-in-the-foot calamity days of old, this is just a blip in what is essentially a fantastic period…I don’t feel it has EVER been this good!
        Even losing at City; sure they tore us to pieces in the 1st 20 mins with some breathtakingly good football, but there were still some huge positives, mainly that we didn’t just roll over for a cricket score, but fought back…
        When we start to get our regulars back, we will pick up wins…although some of Slav’s decision making is seriously concerning – Delighted Fletch started, though…

    • We seem to like buying strikers that get long term injuires so maybe now we can get him at a lower price?

  2. If we had signed him he wouldn’t have got injured against Dijon as he would be playing for us. He would have been further up the pitch than Ayew so probably wouldn’t have got injured for us and would currently be banging in 2 goals a game lol

  3. I said to a friend that I would have preferred that we spent £45m on an outstanding striker than 2 averagely good ones (Ayew + Zaza), but immediately followed it up by saying a top striker probably wouldn’t come anyway…and now we discover this.
    Well, we can’t accuse DS of not putting big money on the table and exploring all options.
    We are clearly trying to run before we can walk….we just aren’t top 4….yet.
    So we are going to struggle to attract the cream for the moment, but we can keep improving; maybe top 4 is not all that far away.
    Of course, we would be top 4 for this season if there was TV replays of ref decisions….grrr…

    • Exactly my thoughts FNC. Just because we now have a magnificent stadium does not give us a god given right to a top 4 or even top 6 position. We have to build, throughout the squad, by progressively bringing in better players than we have at a given point in time. Then, in a season or two time, we will be able to attract the cream. And, more importantly, instead of making 8,9 and 10 signings in the transfer window, we will make just 2 or 3 real quality signings. I also love the business DS has done in bringing in young players over the past 2 seasons. They won’t all turn out to be top top players but if just 1 or 2 make it what good business will that turn out to be. Rodrigues I haven’t seen yet but Fletcher – he looks a wonderful prospect. Then theres Samuelson plus our home Browns like Burke and Oxfod. So no, we must not run before we can walk but we are heading in the right direction.

      • I think, KBC, that the youngster signings are down to Terry Westley…Whoever it is in the club, he is doing a brilliant job not only developing the youngsters he inherited from Tony Carr, but also acquisitions of Samuelson from Man City, and now Fletch from Man U…and Martinez…etc…
        Looking ahead, it is looking really exciting; great players from all areas coming through.

  4. 50 million Euros – wow – it shows West Ham really are serious in their ambition!

    We do seem to be cursed with injuries – Ayew’s is particularly unlucky because apparently he’s never had a muscle injury before!

    I heard this morning that Arsenal are looking to put Jack Wilshere and Debuchy out on loan and both players have been spotted looking around West Ham’s Treatment Room – apparently there’s standing room only!

    • I would be keen to see a RB come in; Debuchy? He’s been injured which prevented him moving on. Is he a 31 year old crock? Would he be really commited??
      Looks like Wenger is having a clear out of RBs with Debuchy and Chambers (as Jenkinson is returning from injury apparently)…

  5. The David’s are to be applauded for all their efforts. It is easy to forget how far we have come over the years. Watching the likes of Lee ‘Chappy’ Chapman & Mike Small, mid week and yes, if they had fallen off a boat neither of them would have hit the water, seems a distant memory. Ok, Carlton Cole, not so distant… (but he was an Irons man and gave his all). There is a temptation to want things to happen immediately and I’m sure we can build on last year’s excellent performance. As for the poor refereeing decisions, maybe some of it was down to ‘big club’ mentality on behalf of the officials. If it was partly ‘big stadium’ mentality then maybe we’ll be the receipient of some of the decisions? Who knows. Either way, no need for excuses. It really is all to play for and entirely down to us. COYI !!

  6. And the refs Iron ? Lol. 🙂

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