West Ham United fans ought to be encouraged by the Ligue 1 performance of Olympique de Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac on Friday night, with the player a transfer target for the Hammers.
The France international demonstrated his full array of skills in OM’s comfortable 2-0 victory over FC Metz at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, scoring twice and guaranteeing victory for Marcelo Bielsa’s outfit.
Gignac’s double saw OM return to the top four in the Ligue 1 table after leapfrogging AS Saint-Etienne. However, the club still remain two points behind AS Monaco who occupy the last Champions League spot having played a game fewer than the Olympians.
Regardless of the outcome of the campaign, it looks unlikely that Gignac will still be at the Stade Velodrome next term.
The forward is out of a contract in the summer, with West Ham United looking like the favourites to secure his signature.
Hammers fans ought to be greatly encouraged by Gignac’s double.
The former Toulouse man scored the first at the end of the first half when he profited from a mistake from Grenats keeper Anthony Mfa Mezui to hammer home from inside the box.
He doubled the lead just after the hour mark when he found himself one-on-one with the Gabon keeper.
Again, Gignac’s composure shone through as he calmly chipped the onrushing stopper to guarantee the victory and the points