The Hammers need to sign a striker this month following the departure of Sebastien Haller to Ajax this month.
Michail Antonio remains as the club’s only recognised striker at the moment, and West Ham know it would be a risk to rely on him for the rest of the season, keeping in mind his poor injury record.
West Ham have been linked with a host of strikers this month but David Moyes should not money on the wrong signing.
The Hammers saw a £22.5m bid for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri rejected over the weekend rejected. The La Liga outfit are under no pressure to sell En-Nesyri and they are demanding a fee in the region of £40m.
Laborde has impressed this season, having scored six goals and provided six assists in Ligue 1 thus far. He would be a good signing 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 deal for the striker. The Hammers offered £22m for En-Nesyri, and in theory it shouldn’t be a problem for them to offer £16m for Laborde and secure the deal straightaway.