West Ham target Alexandre Lacazette may stay at Lyon - agent
Alexandre Lacazette's agent believes his client could stay at Lyon despite reports that West Ham are lining up a massive summer bid for the striker.
In January, Lacazette, 24, said that he would consider a switch to the Premier League at the end of the current campaign and a report in L'Equipe on Friday suggests that West Ham are keen to sign him.
L'Equipe says the Hammers will have €35-40 million to spend on a new forward and that they sent a scout to watch the France international in Lyon's 2-2 draw with Rennes last weekend.
Lacazette netted his 13th league goal of the season in that game. After a difficult first half of the campaign which was disrupted by injury, he appears to be approaching the kind of form that saw him named Ligue 1's Player of the Year in 2015.
Newcastle were reported to have made an enquiry about Lacazette in January, but his agent, David Venditelli, said that the player could stay at Lyon this summer as well.
"For the moment we're thinking that Alex will still be a Lyon player next season," Lacazette's agent David Venditelli told L'Equipe.
"In any case, we'll discuss it in good time with [Lyon president] Jean-Michel Aulas.
"We both have enough experience to know what we should do in the interest of Alex and the club."
L'Equipe said that if West Ham cannot convince Lyon to sell Lacazette they will turn their attention to Marseille's Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi, who has also scored 13 goals in Ligue 1 this season.
After finishing as Ligue 1's top scorer with 27 goals last season, Lacazette signed a new deal at Lyon that ties him to the club until 2019.
Aulas said in January that he felt his star striker would remain at the club "for several years."