Solskjaer: Lingard still has a big part to play
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West Ham are reportedly in a four-team hunt for the signature of Gaetan Laborde with Montpellier resigned to losing their star striker. The Hammers had been relatively quiet in the transfer market heading into last weekend.
But the signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea could be the first of many in the final hours before the window closes.
David Moyes was keen to bolster his options in defence and Zouma comes in with bags of experience at the highest level.
Now, West Ham are expected to move their attention elsewhere to help improve Moyes’ options across the pitch.
It’s been reported that two more signings could be made before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
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Jesse Lingard remains a top target for West Ham and Manchester United’s recent activity in signing Cristiano Ronaldo may well open the door for a possible move.
Nikola Vlasic could also follow the signing of Zouma with reports emerging on Sunday that the attacking midfielder has agreed terms on a move.
But there is also the need to bring in a second striker to provide competition to Michael Antonio.
And it appears as though West Ham have turned their attentions to Montpellier’s Laborde.
According to L’Equipe, the 27-year-old is available for just £12.8million and West Ham are ready to ‘take action’ on a move.
West Ham are not alone though with Sevilla, Lyon and Rennes also in the mix for his signature.
Montpellier boss Olivier Dall’Oglio admitted of their 2-1 defeat to Lille on Sunday that the club are powerless to keeping Laborde.
“We spoke with Gaetan, with the whole club. He is a boy who absolutely wanted to play (this Sunday), who is totally invested in the club until the end,” Dall’Oglio said.
“But the context means that he too can leave very quickly. I have no certainty.
“He can leave, he can stay. I don’t know. It’s the transfer window.”
Antonio remains the only out-and-out striker at West Ham, but he’s started the season in terrific form.
The 31-year-old is the Premier League’s top scorer at the moment with four goals in just three games.
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