Arsenal & Spurs losing £4.3m French defender battle

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both look set to miss out on French defender Sebastien Corchia, according to reports.

TalkSPORT cite reports in France when claiming that Lyon have moved ahead of their rivals for the player’s signature, and are ready to seal a £4.3million deal for the U21 international.

Manager Remi Garde has already met with the 22-year-old, according to the report, and is eager to secure his switch to the Stade de Gerland sooner rather than later.

Corchia made 34 Ligue 1 appearances for Sochaux last season, helping the club avoid relegation by three points.

His form led to speculation over a move to England, with the radio station claiming Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen on a move.

Indeed, the Gunners had targeted the right-back as a replacement for Bacary Sagna, who has been linked with a move to PSG.

However, a switch to the Emirates Stadium now appears off the cards, and Arsenal will have to take their transfer search elsewhere.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been on the trail of the player, with talkSPORT claiming Andre Villas-Boas was ready to battle Roma for the player’s signature last month.

Spurs aren’t short of options at the back, with Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton the current senior choices at right back.

Corchia would have added additional strength in the position for Tottenham Hotspur, but the north London outfit will now have to look elsewhere this summer.

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