Date: 6th April 2016 at 4:23pm
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The MIRROR claim Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette is a target for West Ham United. Although, the Hammers would have to produce a record £20million if they were to acquire the Frenchmen’s services.

Life is good in East London. West Ham have excelled under sorcery of Croatian manager Slaven Bilic this season. A European qualification spot looks likely and there is even the potential for a momentous FA Cup win should they beat Manchester United in the quarter-final replay.

And looking to the future, the Hammer’s success could continue for some time to come. Next season’s move to the Olympic Stadium will add prestige to a club that has long existed in the shadow of London’s big three: Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea. Moreover, the status of European football will add an extra allure to the club for foreign players, creating the required recipe for sustained success.

Having signed Dimitri Payet back in August, West Ham secured the services of one of Ligue1’s star performers. Payet has been a revelation for the Hammer’s this season, already establishing himself as a firm favourite amongst the fans.

A move uniting Payet with his fellow countrymen, Lacazzette would provide the Hammer’s with a first rate attacking threat. Only 24, but already an established international with Les Bleus, Lacazette is one of Ligue1’s prized assets. Despite failing to replicate last season’s incredible form, he remains a player of immense quality and with the potential to grow as a footballer.

Bilic already possess’ strong attacking options, Carroll, Valencia, Emenike and Sakho are all experienced centre-forwards. Yet, realistically none are of world class calibre. Lacazette’s ability to operate as a complete forward, collecting the ball and running at the oppositions defence, would make the line up of him spearheading an attack with Lanzini and Payet behind an alarming prospect for both Premier League and European defences.

Converting 15 times for so far this season, Lacazette has also attracted attention from London’s big boys; Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs are all rumoured to be interested. But with their new stadium waiting and Europe beckoning West Ham could pip their traditionally more fashionable neighbours to a signing that would say a lot about the direction West Ham appear to be headed.

If West Ham do qualify for next season’s Champions League, shelling out £20million on Lacazette would serve to enhance an already intimidating attacking outfit.