According to a report from France Football (September 29th addition), West Ham are preparing a bid to sign Montpellier forward Gaetan Laborde.
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Hammers boss David Moyes needs to sign at least one defender first and foremost. But if there is some surplus cash available, adding another centre-forward to our ranks at the London Stadium would be a wise move.
Moyes currently has only Sebastien Haller and Xande Silva to call upon as recognised centre-forwards.
It seems as though Michail Antonio has been converted into an orthodox striker. But the 30-year-old is far from a natural goalscorer.
And France Football reckon that West Ham could be on the phone to Montpellier soon to try and strike a deal for Gaetan Laborde.
The 26-year-old has great pedigree, and has been previously linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool (Football 365).
Laborde has scored 22 goals since the start of the 2018/19 campaign. The Frenchman is very hard working, and although he isn’t the most prolific of strikers, his endeavour and work ethic might just add something to the Hammers’ attacking play.
The Ligue 1 outfit paid £4 million to sign the 26-year-old just over two years ago (Get Football News France).
So perhaps if West Ham offered £5 or £6 million in the current climate, they could tempt Montpellier into selling. Bringing Laborde to the London Stadium would not be without risk, however.
He has no experience of playing in the Premier League. And at the age of 26, the Frenchman should perhaps have made more of a name for himself by now than he has done.
So signing him would undoubtedly be a gamble. But in truth, there are not many transfers that are completely free of risk.