West Ham United have been linked with a move for Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice this summer.
According to Sky Sports West Ham made a £10million bid for the Frenchman earlier in the transfer window.
Manuel Pellegrini reportedly faced stiff competition for Claude-Maurice’s signature from London rivals Arsenal.
There was talk that both clubs were jostling to be the highest bidder for the 21-year-old.
All quiet on the Alexis front, until now
But it has gone quiet in the month or so since.
Now the president of Lorient, Loic Fery, has broken the silence on Claude-Maurice’s future in an interview with Le Telegramme.
Fery confirmed the interest of two English clubs – believed to be West Ham and Arsenal as per Sky Sports – as well as a club in France and Germany.
And he revealed Lorient remain in discussions with two of those four clubs.
Club president confirms interest, reveals talks ongoing
“The club told him that he could leave this summer if everyone was satisfied,” Fery told Le Telegramme.
“Alexis will have the choice between continuing to progress here or to go to clubs who have an agreement with FC Lorient. We don’t have any agreements at the moment. We have received four offers.
“One offer from Germany which is six weeks old, well under the value of the player. Two English offers, including one that was not a permanent transfer, and one offer from France.
“We are still in discussions with two of these four clubs and there are as well other teams. The fact that multiple clubs are after him shows that he is a player of great quality, with a very big potential.”
So it appears either West Ham or Arsenal attempted to sign Claude-Maurice on loan initially.
Hammers fans will likely speculate that was their club given the co-owners’s penchant for a loan with an option.
But Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reportedly working on a restricted budget this summer as evidenced by the Dani Ceballos loan deal.
If West Ham do push ahead with their move for Claude-Maurice it could be an all-French frontline for the Hammers next season after the club record £45million signing of Sebastien Haller.