Clement Grenier is believed to be holding out for a summer move to Premier League title contenders Arsenal.
This is according to the latest reports from France cited by The Daily Express, which further claim that the French international - who was no longer believed to be carrying an injury or a knock of any kind - has not been seen at Lyon training since Friday and has also not been included in Hubert Fournier's squad for the upcoming Europa League third qualifying round tie against Czech First League outfit FK Mlada Boleslav.
The reports also credits both Southampton and Newcastle with an interest in Grenier, although it seems that the exciting 23-year-old has his eyes fixed on the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have been uncharacteristically active on the transfer front in recent weeks, with the hugely-impressive £35 million capture of Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez followed by deals for Grenier's compatriot Mathieu Debuchy and Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.
The latest move completed by the Gunners was formally announced yesterday, with Southampton's defensive starlet moving to North London for a fee believed to be in the region of £16 million.
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While Arsene Wenger is currently not short of attacking midfield options, Grenier - who has won five senior international caps for Les Bleus but was sadly forced to withdraw from Didier Deschamps' final 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup with an adductor injury - has developed quite a reputation in Ligue 1 and is able to play behind the striker or out on the flank.
If Wenger does indeed wish to pursue a move for Grenier, it looks as if he could come at an extremely reasonable and sensible price with reports earlier last month suggesting he could be available for approximately £7.5 million.
Arsenal fans may be forgiven for harbouring worries over Grenier's injury problems, although he is expected to return to full fitness without any significant issue or long-term damage.
Lyon officials were quick to dispute claims that his curious absence was due to anything remotely suspicious.
"Clement was not training because of a program of rehabilitation after his injury," the club were quoted by Sky Sports.
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