West Ham target Gaetan Laborde is free to leave Montpellier this summer according to the club’s president Laurent Nicollin, and quoted via Allez Paillade.
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Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to bolster his attacking ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
And Gaetan Laborde is a name who has been linked with a move to West Ham on numerous occasions (L’Equipe).
And we could do a lot worse than the Frenchman that’s for sure.
West Ham have free run at Laborde?
Montpellier’s president Laurent Nicollin told Allez Paillade that the 27-year-old is free to leave and that he knows he wants to try something different:
“With Gaetan Laborde and his agent, we had been clear from last season. When he extended (his contract), he had already mentioned a possible departure. Then, he extended (his contract), his salary had been increased and he was very happy to continue his adventure in Montpellier. He had a blast. I understand he wants to try something else and earn a lot more money than in Montpellier – it’s logical. He is a top guy, human and, even if he is not from our region, he totally fits the mould. We promised not to block him now (although) we want an amount that will correspond to us otherwise I will not sell him.”
L’Equipe (Print edition May 28th, page 8) claimed that Laborde could be available for around £11 million this summer.
That would be very decent value for the Hammers.
The 27-year-old was in fine form for Montpellier this season, racking up 18 goals and nine assists in 43 games (Transfermarkt).
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He is an incredibly hard-working striker and is extremely strong. The Frenchman seems to have a lot of the attributes Moyes looks for in a centre-forward.
Signing Laborde for £11 million would be a wise move from West Ham. As long as we bring in a marquee name as well to accompany him.