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Lyon plan hits Irons move

Alexandre-LacazetteWest Ham’s hopes of bringing in Alexandre Lacazette during the January window have been hit by likely plans by Lyon to improve their star striker’s contract.

The Hammers chased Lacazette throughout the summer but the front man held out hoping that clubs competing in the Champions League would come in for him.

But when that didn’t happen he chose to remain at Lyon who are currently eighth in the League after a 2-1 victory over Touluse at the weekend.

With no return dates on the cards for Andy Carroll or Diafra Sakho, the Irons could again turn to the 25 year old although they will need to climb the League form him to fancy the move.

Speaking following Lyon’s 2-1 victory over Toulouse on Saturday, Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas confirmed: “I would like for us to be able to extend Alexandre’s contract.”

Lacazette has scred nine goals this season.



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One comment on “Lyon plan hits Irons move

  1. If he didn’t want to come in the summer when we had European football I doubt he is going to come with us near the bottom of the table, we have enough strikers at the club this season we just need to get them scoring. Callieri has the movement but isn’t sharp enough yet, Fletcher it is a mystery why he isn’t being given an opportunity to start, Ayew if you can call him a striker is only just back, Zaza well we know he is struggling, Antonio isn’t a striker and certainly not a lone striker, Martinez is injured but might be worth a gamble as a second striker when fit, Sakho and Carroll are still injured. In honesty the way we play 343 as opposed to the way Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool or City play 2 of the three don’t break beyond the front one i.e. Lanzini and Payet don’t ever find themselves getting in behind the defenders nearly enough and our main forward isn’t doing enough to pull any of their centre halves out of position to create the spaces to break into. Bottom line is we need those players to operate as a rotating triangle where all three are a goal threat when one moves they should all be moving and operating as a triple threat to the defence. I think Callieri, Fletcher and Ayew could certainly do that, then with Payet and Lanzini you have 5 players to choose from in the attacking 3, if you then have Fernandes and Cresswell in the wing back positions or Arbeloa if he is fit you have intelligent footballers when you add Obiang to the equation to make the system really work well. In the formations I have I would leave Noble and Antonio on the bench and in many cases probably Lanzini also because you want one or two of your front three to run either one or both channels to draw defenders or create an option to release the passes too and you need some height in the box in case the best pass is a cross. Anyway enough of my rambling lets hope the strikers we have start scoring and whoever Slav picks makes a difference COYI !!!

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