West Ham are said to be ahead of Spurs and Manchester United in the race to sign Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, with the player seeking guaranteed first team football, as per the Express.
The Frenchman has netted 20 goals for the Ligue 1 outfit this season, following up on his 31 goals from the last campaign, and The Hammers are ready to make him their most expensive signing ever with the player reportedly ready to snub the big guns and put pen to paper at the Olympic Stadium.
Hammers chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have often spoke of their desires to break the bank to bring in world class players to West Ham, with Sullivan previously admitting the club would be willing to offer wages upwards of £100,000 a week.
And Lacazette could well be that man with boss Slaven Bilic seeking a big name ahead of their eagerly awaited move to the Olympic Stadium next season.
West Ham are therefore preparing to launch a £23.5m bid for the French hitman in the hopes that he can lead them to a potential Champions League spot next season.
That would leave the likes of Barcelona, Spurs and Manchester United all disappointed having kept tabs on the player for a number of seasons.