Lyon have made a quick move for West Ham and Everton target Bertrand Traore, looking to finalise a deal for the Europa League finalist before his head is turned by the money on offer in the Premier League.
Several clubs want the 21-year-old, who, despite his youth has featured for his native Burkina Faso at three African Cup of Nations, after impressing for Ajax on loan last season. According to Talksport, French giants Lyon hope to put pen to paper before the end of the week.
Negotiations between Chelsea & Lyon going very well for Bertrand Traoré; only bonuses left to agree on, according to tomorrow’s L’Équipe.
— Get French Football (@GFFN) June 12, 2017
With various reports suggesting Les Gones’ top goal scorer Alexandre Lacazette is on his way out of the club, with Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger keeping tabs on the lethal marksman, Lyon are acting fast to get the replacement they believe can duplicate the French international’s prowess.
Having notched 13 goals and four assists in 40 appearances for Ajax, the young graduate from Chelsea has certainly proved he can cut it at the top level, narrowly missing Europa League success in a vibrant and youthful side.
Everton have been on the lookout for competition for Romelu Lukaku, whose future is still unknown on Merseyside. Meanwhile West Ham rely heavily upon the injury-prone Andy Carroll so manager Slaven Bilic may believe the talents of Traore could give the Irons a boost up front.
Reports suggest that Lyon are leading the chase for quick forward, and the two clubs are in advanced talks to ensure Traore ends up in France playing under the lights of Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
If Everton and West Ham have any hope of clinching the signing of this promising striker, they need to act fast as Lyon are allegedly close to making an astute transfer when the transfer window opens.