Developments: Arsenal target will talk move – decision deadline set

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Highly rated Lille striker Gervinho has set a deadline date for a decision surrounding his future, amidst increased speculation linking him with a summer move to Arsenal reports

The 23-year-old Ivorian has been in fine form for the recently crowned Ligue 1 champions this season, attracting the interest of a number of potential suitors.

A number of Barclays Premier League clubs have been credited with an interest in Gervinho, but it is Arsenal who are thought to be the leading contenders for his signature.

With Gunners boss Arsene Wenger under increasing pressure to spend this summer, in a bid to end Arsenal's barren run of six years without a trophy. Gervinho could be the man to bring additional firepower to the club's frontline.

With one game left to play before the end of his domestic season, Gervinho has stated he will announce the decision taken on his future after the international African Cup of Nations qualifier, scheduled for 5 June.


"After the last match and a match with Ivory Coast, I will go for holidays," he told French newspaper L'Equipe.

"I have already made my choice. Either I will leave or not, everyone will know it later. It is a personal choice.

"The coach wants me to stay. The club will play in the Champions League and he wants to play it with me. I want to play it too, if I have such an opportunity.

"But I can play it at Lille or somewhere else, that is no problem. We have had several talks and we know what we told ourselves. There are still a few days to talk before holidays."

Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, who are the other English clubs thought to be courting Gervinho are unable to fulfill the player's ambitions of playing Champions League football.

Leaving the decision as a simple one, with a choice between tackling Europe's top tier competition with his current club, or alternatively moving on to pastures new with Arsenal.

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