Rumours over the last few days are suggesting Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette looks set to leave the Ligue 1 club.
The only two clubs to have declared a serious interest in the past is Arsenal and West Ham. In fact, West Ham are the most serious out of the two after officially having a £30m+ bid rejected for the French hitman in the summer.
So the question I put to you, Hammers fans, is: Should West Ham take an advance on our 2017 transfer kitty to secure Lacazette this upcoming Winter transfer window?
If we did have to spend next year’s purse to secure Lacazette with no guarantee of Premier League football the following season, it Could be a catastrophic decision, but our current team are ‘too good to go down,’ and betting offers will no doubt be going in our favour when it comes to survival.
There are weaker and morally beaten up teams in the league, which would be enough for us to survive. To actually acquire Lacazette’s services six months in advance would be a massive boost to the team and actually elevate us a good few places up the league.
In addition, if we manage to beat Man United in the EFL Cup, we would have a striker that is not cup tied who could all but confirm our first piece of silverware in the London Stadium trophy cabinet before we approach April 2017.
How can some of the money be recouped in January? With a few players on the fringes of the squad, we could see the potential £17m Zaza fee to be cancelled, Valencia will be sold to anyone for £14m and we could even see Andy Carroll potentially drop a division to join his boyhood club Newcastle for around £9m to secure their Premier League status by the upcoming summer.
So with those three players, two of which are loaned out or bench warming on match days, we could recoup £40m that would almost bring the French goalscorer to Stratford to team up with fellow Frenchman Dimitri Payet.
Should we try again for Lacazette? Let us know in the comments below…