With the domestic football seasons over, the transfer window has really kicked into gear and now the stories and gossip are flowing. Here at Fresh Football we will bring you the best (and worst) of it. For extended coverage please follow us @FreshFootball on Twitter.
Alexandre Lacazette has no intentions of joining West Ham United (GFFN)
‘Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette will not leave the club this summer unless a side playing Champions League football next season comes in for him.’ That’s what the reliable report says. West Ham may have to move on, their primary target Lacazette looks like he doesn’t want to join. The player is said to be holding out for a move to PSG and that will happen if the Ligue 1 champions fail to land a player of higher calibre (Higuain, Ronaldo). Tottenham Hotspur look the most likely team from the Premier League to sign the young forward and West Ham should look to pursue other targets if they want to sign a striker. Lyon want €50million for Lacazette. They believe the 24-year-old is worth that much due to his 21 Ligue 1 goals this season. Lacazette has not had the most consistent of campaigns, but he has hit form in the latter end of the season and previously proven his goalscoring abilities. Lacazette would have been a perfect signing for West Ham due to his excellent finishing and dribbling abilties, but it looks like its time to give up on this one.
West Ham prepare to move for Manolo Gabbiadini as Lacazette alternative (Calcio Mercato)
West Ham are reportedly eyeing a move for Gabbiadini if Lacazette does indeed reject a move to the Hammers. The Napoli striker has scored a goal every 109 minutes this season, but despite this remains Gonzalo Higuain’s back-up (with very good reason). Napoli may be willing to part with their striker this summer though, as the 24-year-old goes in search of first team football having started just 4 games in the Serie A this season. He can also play just behind the striker and is a very quick forward. As well as being quick, Gabbiadini stands at a very respectable 6ft tall and this makes him very dangerous in the air. What lets him down is perhaps his passing range, although Slaven Bilic’s style is not particularly possession based. Gabbiadini appears to be a decent fit for West Ham and may be cheaper than their other options – the sources reporting this deal are pretty reliable so it is certainly worth keeping an eye on. Gabbiadini loves a shot (3.5 per game in the Europa League) although his defensive contributions can be criticised.
Gokhan Tore set to sign for West Ham and wear number 7 (Milliyet)
We have previously reported that Gokhan Tore is set to sign for West Ham but now Milliyet are suggesting that Tore has already demanded and is set to be granted the no.7 shirt. The shirt was previously assigned to Matt Jarvis who left the club in January, so it is now vacant. It is very possible that a deal will be struck and that Tore will get his wish and wear the no.7 shirt. Tore is a powerful young (24) winger who has been a long-term target for Slaven Bilic. The Croatian manager has attempted to sign him previously, having a £7.4million bid rejected in January. Tore has managed 4 goals and 7 assists in 23 games for Besiktas this season.