Arsenal set for striker talks

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Lille general manager Frederic Paquet has confirmed striker Gervinho wants to move to England this summer and talks with Arsenal are planned.

Ivory Coast international Gervinho played a key role as Lille won the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double last season, contributing 15 goals and 10 assists in the league alone.

Free-spending Paris St Germain have also asked about the 24-year-old but his current club are not keen on selling to a domestic rival and Paquet told RMC: "He wants to go and has developed contacts with Arsenal. We will soon have talks with them and see what they offer."

He added: "He has expressed a desire to go to England and we will see what happens."

The link with PSG was a non-starter insists Paquet, who added: "Paris St Germain inquired but we are not thinking about strengthening a competitor."


Although Lille will entertain the idea of selling Gervinho, their stance is different on Eden Hazard.

Paquet has described the 20-year-old Belgian as "untransferable".

Lille earlier announced the capture of 21-year-old striker Ronny Rodelin from Ligue 2 Nantes.

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