Arsenal 'develop contacts' in Lille striker pursuit

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Lille have confirmed that the club have been in contact with Arsenal over Gervinho.

The Ivorian international striker is being monitored by a number of Barclays Premier League clubs, and confirmed a fortnight ago that he was looking to make an England move this summer.

"I have made my mind up. I will soon meet the club and let them know, but they understand my feelings that I want to prove myself in a top league in Europe. My agents are moving things as I want, people know where my future lies, it is in England," the striker told SkySports.

Ligue 1 champions Lille have now revealed that a meeting is set to take place with the Gunners to discuss a possible fee for the player, although general manager Frederic Paquet is not willing to let the player leave on the cheap.

"He actually wants to go," Paquet told RMC.

"We have developed contacts with Arsenal. We will soon discuss with them to see what they want. He expressed his desire to leave for England so we'll see what will happen.


"Gervinho chose to leave for England, so that limits the scope of the situation. We will meet soon with Arsenal, see what they offer - but he is a player of value."

Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester City have also been linked with the player in recent weeks, but Arsene Wenger now appears to be in pole position to bring the player to the Emirates.

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