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Battle of wits to determine Lacazette future

Filed: Wednesday, 18th May 2016
By: Staff Writer

The club says it's off, his representative says it's still on. So where exactly does that leave Alexandre Lacazette?

Possibly on the way to Paris St Germain, according to trusted outlet L'Equipe this afternoon - who r\n with a story linking the Ligue 1 champions with a move for the keenly-sought 24-year-old striker, who they see as the ideal replacement for the outgoing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

However what is in no doubt is that West Ham saw a bid - varying from £23million to £31million, depending on your source of choice - rejected by Lyon yesterday, following months of speculation linking Lacazette with a move to the Olympix Stadium.

News of the bid being rejected by Lyon was swiftly followed up by claims from within West Ham - or to be more precise, Jason Burt and the resurgent 'Club Insider' via West Ham's own website - insisting that the deal was dead.

But "nonsense!" cried FIFA-registered agent Vincent Rodríguez, who denied that the deal was off, claiming instead that the transfer had reached a stalemate over the terms of payment, rather than the fee itself.

Ensuring that he cannot be accused of sticking all his eggs in one basket, co-owner David Sullivan is busy chasing several potential deals with view to landing at least one or two deals before the squad returns for pre-season in early July.

Christian Benteke, Gohkan Tore, Callum Wilson and Marseille's Michy Batshuayi are all on the club's list of attacking targets as West Ham seek to re-build a squad inherited last summer by Slaven Bilic.

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