West Ham could be blown out the water by Newcastle in the race to sign Rennes striker Gaetan Laborde.
That’s according to a report from Homme Du Match who suggest that Newcastle could swoop in for the 27-year-old hitman in January.
Laborde only recently joined Rennes but Homme Du Match claims that the Ligue 1 outfit could sell him if any club is willing to double the €18 million (£15 million) that they paid for the Frenchman.
£30 million for the 27-year-old sounds like an awful lot of money for West Ham to be spending on a striker in January.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe, meanwhile, has a blank chequebook at his disposal.
And we think there is far greater chance of Laborde rocking up at St James’ Park rather than the London Stadium next month.
Newcastle could blow West Ham out the water in Laborde race
Hammers boss David Moyes wants to sign the former Montpellier hitman according to a report from L’Equipe.
Newcastle have allegedly now entered the race for the 27-year-old though and that could be curtains for our hopes of signing him.
Missing out to the Toon in the race for the Frenchman would be a big blow for West Ham.
He would actually be a great signing for us. The French ace has been described as a ‘breathtaking’ striker by Homme Du Match.
Laborde has scored 14 goals in 21 games so far this season (Transfermarkt).
He possesses very similar attributes to Michail Antonio.
Laborde is a hard-working striker and has plenty of pace and power. The experienced forward can play anywhere along the front-line and possesses very good movement.
As things stand though, Newcastle are far better placed than West Ham to sign the Rennes star, what with their new found wealth.
One thing’s for sure, whichever club wins the race for Laborde’s signature will be getting an extremely good striker.