The Daily Mail have claimed that Spurs are in negotiations with Lyon to sign Alexandre Lacazette.
Lacazette has been left out of France’s Euro 2016 squad which gives Tottenham the opportunity to make an early move for the striker. Time is of the essence if Spurs are serious about Lacazette, with the Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas having already ruled out a late summer transfer.
Speaking in May, Aulas said: “If on 28th August, we are offered €80m for Alexandre Lacazette, he will not leave.
“However, if he comes to me in the days to come, because he has an offer he cannot refuse, it’s possible.
“Finally, if there must be departures, they will be before June 30. There will be none after, except for minor players.”
Lyon are thought to have already turned down a £20m move from West Ham for the player, with their valuation nearer to £30m. The Mail claims that Spurs see £25m as a realistic fee.
Only last summer Lacazette looked a certainty to represent France in the European Championships, after a successful 2014-15 season with Lyon in which he scored 31 goals in 40 appearances.
Yet a slow start to last season saw Lacazette’s stock fall. Though he would eventually rally to finish with a respectable 23 goals in 43 games, the progress of French youngsters such as Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial – allied to Lacazette scoring only once in ten internationals – saw him ditched from Didier Deschamps’ squad.
Having suffered such a disappointment, it’s perhaps time for the 25-year old to make a move. Whether or not that will be to White Hart Lane remains questionable, but it looks as if we should have an answer one way or the other, within the next month.