West Ham United have been linked with a move for Montpellier striker Gaetan Laborde but they will have to act fast.
That’s according to a new report from The Daily Mail.
West Ham were first linked with Laborde by L’Equipe in December.
West Ham first linked with Laborde in December
The French outlet reported then that West Ham were frontrunners to sign the 26-year-old hitman.
A new report by L’Equipe (Print edition, January 6th, page 15) this month said Laborde was still ‘very high on West Ham’s transfer target list’.
David Moyes has been linked with a plethora of strikers since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax for £20million.
Currently Moyes has injury-prone, converted winger Michail Antonio as his only senior striker.
French club set West Ham strict Friday deadline for Laborde deal
Time is running out for West Ham to do any business with the transfer deadline looming at 11pm on Monday.
But they will need to act even faster to sign Laborde after Montpellier set the Hammers a Friday deadline to get the deal done.
“Montpellier have set a strict deadline of Friday (January 29) to get a deal done so negotiations do not edge closer to Monday’s deadline day.
“If West Ham do not submit a bid by then, Montpellier will refuse to do business.”
Moyes will not be rushed into striker number 50
That gives West Ham around 36 hours at the time of writing to complete a deal for the striker, who has scored six goals and laid on six assists in 21 Ligue 1 games this season.
Moyes certainly won’t be rushed into a decision. Particularly given West Ham’s dismal record of signing strikers in the David Sullivan and David Gold era.
If West Ham do sign a new forward he will be the club’s 50th in 11 years.
And very few of those have been a success.