Everton are set to challenge West Ham in the race to sign Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette according to a report from Jeunes Footeux.
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We think that the Hammers are better placed than Everton to sign the Gunners hitman, however.
Lacazette is 30 now. So on face value, he doesn’t really fit the criteria of a typical David Moyes signing.
We think that the Frenchman would be the ideal stop-gap signing for West Ham, however.
And the Hammers may well hold an advantage over the Toffees.
West Ham could make a big statement by beating Everton to Alexandre Lacazette
The Gunners hitman is out of contract in the summer of 2022. So the Hammers or the Toffees could sign him on a free transfer then or for a nominal fee in January.
And we think that the East London outfit may well hold an advantage over the Merseysiders.
West Ham currently have Michail Antonio as our only recognised senior centre-forward at the London Stadium.
Meanwhile over at Goodison Park, Rafa Benitez has Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Salomon Rondon and Richarlison as potential centre-forward options.
So immediately it’s obvious to see that Lacazette would get more opportunities to start at West Ham than he would at Everton.
The Arsenal ce could play alongside Micky or just behind him in the number 10 role.
We also have the added advantage of being able to offer Lacazette the chance to stay in London. That cannot be underestimated when a player is settled in a particular area.
The 30-year-old Gunners ace would be a fine addition for West Ham. The way in which he links up play and holds up the ball makes him the perfect foil for Antonio at the London Stadium.
He has incredible tight ball control in and around the penalty area and is great at finding his way out of crowded spaces.
After moving to the Emirates from Lyon in the summer of 2017, Lacazette has gone on to rack up 68 goals and 29 assists in 175 games for the Gunners (Transfermarkt).
So his record is more than acceptable.
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And if West Ham win the race to prise Lacazette away from The Emirates, it would be a real blow to Everton, such is his quality.
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