It’s that time of year again. The season has come to its end. Clubs who have struggled are beginning their post mortems while those who had a successful season are looking at ways to further strengthen their squad. One man who could be coming to the Premier League this summer is Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who over the past 12 months has been linked with a number of English clubs.
Lacazette’s stock has grown massively over the last couple of years after two brilliant seasons in France’s Ligue 1. In the 2014/15 season he topped the league’s scoring charts with 27 goals, finishing above the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.
The Frenchman kept up this impressive form this season as well, recovering from a slow start to net another 21 goals, with only Ibrahimovic scoring more. This earned him a new contract at the club in November, but this hasn’t deterred clubs from taking an interest.
Reports have claimed this week that West Ham have had a £31 million bid for Lacazette rejected by Lyon, just a week after co-chairman David Sullivan said the Hammers were prepared to spend big on a new centre forward. The 24-year-old has also been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, but it appears Lyon will drive a hard bargain if he is to leave the club.
When you look at how Lacazette plays, it is easy to see why some Premier League clubs are so interested. He has proved over the last couple of years that he is a natural finisher, so is capable of scoring goals on a consistent basis in the Premier League.
He also possesses the ability to run with the ball at pace, something which causes problems for defenders in any league. If he can get the players around him to help him get in the right areas, he can cause havoc.
By the fact Lyon have rejected an offer for him of £31 million, they are clearly expecting a club to spend big if he is to leave the French club, but he is certainly good enough to warrant that level of investment.