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Breaking: Arsenal free to land star striker, Premier League rivals pull plug

Slaven Bilic claims West Ham have ended their pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette who is also heavily linked with Arsenal for a potential summer move.

The 25-year-old striker is known to have been the subject of interest from the Hammers this summer.

They had a £31million bid rejected by Lyon earlier this summer and could yet return with an improved offer.

But Bilic insists Lacazette is no longer on his radar, although he did confirm the imminent arrival of Argentine hitman Jonathan Calleri.

The news will come as a boost to Arsenal, who continue to be touted with a big-money move to bring Lacazette to north London.

But with Lyon now reportedly valuing their star man at a massive £60m, a deal for the France international looks to be a long way off.

“100 per cent we will not go for Lacazette,” said Bilic.

“We will sign Calleri and he will be with us pretty soon depending on the work permit.

“He is a top striker and we have a good balance in the squad. We have a big couple of weeks in front of us with five big games.”

Lacazette has been inconsistent at times for Lyon, but an explosive end to the season has seen him confirm his status as a top striker.

The physicality of the Premier League wouldn’t be an issue for the Frenchman. But there are a few weaknesses to his game, including his consistency as he can go through a run of games struggling to influence the play.

He can also struggle aerially, but it would not have been an issue if Arsenal signed him, as they like to keep the floor on the deck.

Wenger is facing the possibility of having only one fit striker, Chuba Akpom, for his side’s opening fixture in the Premier League against Liverpool.

Supporters are crying out for the Frenchman to bring in support for Olivier Giroud – it remains to be seen if he gets any attacking deals over the line before the summer transfer window closes on August 31.

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