New developments in Liverpool & Arsenal striker pursuit

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Fiorentina are reportedly ready to enter the reckoning for Liverpool and Arsenal target Gervinho.

The Ivorian striker looks increasingly likely to leave Lille in the summer after allegedly refusing to extend his current deal at the Stade Lille-Metropole.

Lille are now said to be keen to cash-in on the £10.5 million-rated forward at the end of the season, with his contract set to expire next year.

Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with the 23-year-old for some time and now, according to talkSPORT, Fiorentina are also set to register their interest.

Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has previously been outed as a fan of Gervinho, and reported earlier this year that the Reds were in pole position to bring him to Anfield.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have also been keeping tabs on the attacker, it has been claimed, with Arsene Wenger keen to add an extra goalscoring threat to his current forward ranks.


With Marouane Chamakh failing to live up to expectations after joining Arsenal last summer, Nicklas Bendtner failing to make the most of his opportunities Wenger does not possess sufficient back up for Robin Van Persie.

The Arsenal no.10 has been in sensational form this year but, with Van Persie's chequered injury history, Wenger knows he is unlikely to have the 27-year-old fully fit for an entire season.

Along with Gervinho, Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly tracking his club-mate Eden Hazard.

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