West Ham are preparing to ‘take action’ on a £12.8 million transfer as David Moyes looks to close two transfers before the deadline.
The summer transfer window might be a hectic one for West Ham.
West Ham is said to be in a four-team battle for Gaetan Laborde’s signing, with Montpellier resigned to losing their star striker. Prior to last weekend, the Hammers had been pretty quiet in the transfer market.
However, the acquisition of Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma might be the first of many in the last hours before the window closes.
David Moyes was looking to enhance his defensive options, and Zouma brings a wealth of experience at the highest level.
West Ham are expected to shift their focus elsewhere in order to enable Moyes strengthen his alternatives throughout the pitch.
Two more acquisitions could be made before the transfer market ends on Tuesday, according to reports.
West Ham continue to be interested in signing Jesse Lingard, and Manchester United’s recent activity in signing Cristiano Ronaldo could pave the way for a deal.
Nikola Vlasic could follow in the footsteps of Zouma, according to rumours that the offensive midfielder has agreed to terms on a move.
However, bringing in a second striker to compete with Michael Antonio is also necessary.
And it looks that West Ham has switched their attention to Laborde of Montpellier.
According to L’Equipe, the 27-year-old is available for for £12.8 million, with West Ham ready to ‘take action’ on a deal.
However, West Ham are not alone in their pursuit of his signature, with Sevilla, Lyon, and Rennes also interested.
After Montpellier’s 2-1 loss to Lille on Sunday, manager Olivier Dall’Oglio confessed that the team is helpless to maintain Laborde.
“We chatted with Gaetan and the rest of the team. He’s a kid who was desperate to play (on Sunday) and is fully committed to the club to the end,” Dall’Oglio added.
“However, given the circumstances, he, too, can flee very swiftly. I don’t know for sure.
“He has the option to go or stay. I’m not sure. “It’s the transfer window,” says the narrator.
Antonio is West Ham’s lone out-and-out striker, but he’s had a fantastic start to the season.
With four goals in just three games, the 31-year-old is currently the Premier League’s top scorer.