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Frank McAvennie admits he is unsure whether Alexandre Lacazette would be the right centre-forward signing for West Ham amid recent reports.
French news outlet Jeunes Footeux reported last month [18/10/21] that there had been contacts between the various parties as Arsenal look to offload the 30-year-old French striker.
Lacazette’s contract with the Gunners expires in the summer of 2022 but they are likely to try and shift him during the January transfer window, as per Jeunes Footeux’s report.
The 18-cap French international has scored double figures in the Premier Leagues in each of the last four seasons, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailing him as “incredible” in 2019 [Simon Stone, BBC], but Lacazette has scored just once in five top-flight matches this term.
He has recently won his place back in the starting XI, but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta appears to be working towards a younger squad, and a new deal for Lacazette looks unlikely.
However, ex-Irons hero McAvennie has cast doubt over whether West Ham should make a move for him.
McAvennie told West Ham Zone: “Will he score enough goals or work hard enough off the ball? I don’t know. But they do need a striker.
“Would they come in as back-up to [Michail] Antonio? I don’t know. Everyone’s in great favour of this false nine now.
“In David Moyes, we trust. He’s a great believer in getting players from abroad. The two boys he got in from the Czech Republic, Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, are just magnificent. By all accounts, they’re wonderful trainers and they just go about their business, they never cause any problems, there’s never any hassle with them.
“I think he’ll be asking them about their pals, who’s coming through, who do you think can make it in the Premier League? I think that’s a big thing, they’ll be asking players. Kevin Nolan is there, he’ll be in their ears and trying to get a good one in before they go on the market.
“Lacazette? I’m not sure if he would come in and play second fiddle to Antonio.”
In other West Ham news, Simon Jordan shared huge fears this week as major Irons news emerged on talkSPORT
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