Gaetan Laborde

According to reports from The Guardian, Montpellier have declined West Ham’s opening quote for striker Gaetan Laborde.

West Ham made an opening loan offer for the 26- year-old with an obligation to purchase in the summer.

Nevertheless, the French outfit have actually turned down the offer, as they will consider only a sale. The Hammers need to pay around ₤16 million to sign him.

SL View– Hammers must sign him

The Hammers need to sign a striker this month following the departure of Sebastien Haller to Ajax.

Michail Antonio remains the club’s only identified striker at the moment, and West Ham know it would be a risk to rely on him for the rest of the season, remembering his bad injury record.

West Ham have actually been related to a host of strikers but supervisor David Moyes must not waste cash on the incorrect signing.

The Hammers saw a ₤225 m bid for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri rejected over the weekend. The La Liga outfit are under no pressure to sell En-Nesyri and they are demanding a fee in the area of ₤40 m.

Laborde has impressed this season, having actually scored 6 objectives and supplied six helps in Ligue 1 so far. He would be a good finalizing for the London club, but the Hammers need to pay a handsome fee to get him this month.

It is now clear that Montpellier won’t accept a loan offer for the striker. The Hammers offered ₤22 m for En-Nesyri, so theoretically it should not be an issue for them to provide ₤16 m for Laborde to protect the deal quickly.

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