West Ham United offered a whopping €50 million (£43 million) for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette earlier this summer but the bid was rejected, according to the French club’s owner.

The Hammers have been searching for a new centre forward all-summer long and have managed to recruit Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri on loan, while Andre Ayew has also joined the London outfit for a club-record fee.

However, one of West Ham’s first targets as soon as the transfer window opened was Lacazette, with it widely reported that Slaven Bilic’s men had failed in an attempt to land the France international a couple of months ago.

The extent of the Hammers’ offer has been revealed by Aulas, with Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol reporting on social media above the details of the failed coup.

Lacazette is one of a host of homegrown players starring at the French club and Lyon clearly value their prized asset if they were willing to turn down such a high offer.

Arsenal have also been linked with the striker and Aulas stated earlier this summer that the Gunners also had a bid for the centre forward rejected.

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