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Claudio Beauvue will be in demand this summer

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With the Ligue 1 season drawing to a dramatic conclusion with six or, in Paris Saint Germain's case, seven games to go, attention will soon be swapping to the summer transfer window across Europe.

While Alexandre Lacazette remains the sought after signing from the French league, despite insisting he's signing a new contract at Lyon, in Brittany there is a potential bargain to be had.

Guingamp forward Claudio Beauvue, 27, is currently experiencing his most prolific season as a professional footballer, having scored 22 goals in all competitions, marking him out as a transfer target for clubs across Europe this summer. 

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Slow starter

It is worth noting that, despite recently turning 27, Beauvue is coming to the end of only his third season in the top tier of French football. 

Prior to the current campaign Beauvue spent six years in Ligue 2 with Troyes which included a year loan to Chateauroux. This move was made permanent in 2012.

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From Chateauroux Beauvue made another loan move, during the 2013 winter transfer market, to Ligue 1 side Bastia, managed by Frederic Hantz.   

Beauvue's first taste of top-flight football was hardly spectacular, managing a solitary league goal in 15 appearances as Bastia finished in a respectable 12th place. 

Despite a lack of goals Beauvue's performances with the Corsican side suitably impressed Guingamp manager Jocelyn Gourvennec, who signed the forward from Chateauroux.

His debut season in Ligue 1 was again slightly underwhelming, scoring five league goals, although to be fair to the player he was utilised in a number of positions and rarely played up front.

Beauvue did shine in the French Cup, scoring against Concarneau and Bourg-Peronn as Guincamp reached the finals, losing to Rennes but qualifying for the Europa League in the process.

Breakout season  

Despite taking nine game to get off the mark this season, Beauvue has been somewhat of a revelation, particularly in the Europa League. 

A double against Caen in a 5-1 demolition in December sparked a run of 14 goals in 13 games, including further doubles against PAOK Salonik, Dinan Lehnon and Lorient. 

Strangely enough for a man that stands at just under 5ft 9in four of Beauvue's league goals have come from headers, while a further four have come from the penalty spot, including a panenka against Lorient.  

Beauvue's main attributes are his pace and acceleration, which explains why he has found himself out on the wing for the majority of his career.

He has flourished as a central striker under Gourvennec as Guingamp reached the last 32 of the Europa League, only to be knocked out by Dynamo Kiev.

A goal against Lyon on April 4 took him to 22 goals in all competitions, with six games left in the season to play and Guingamp's Ligue 1 safety yet to be secured.

What next? 

Beauvue's form this season has already reportedly piqued the interest of Everton who could use some attacking support for Romelu Lukaku.

Stoke City and Hull City have also been linked, while St-Etienne and Lille have been credited with an interest, leaving Gourvennec to admit that the player should be playing at a higher level next season.

If, and it is a big if, Lacazette is prized away from the Stade de Gerland then Hubert Fournier could do worse than look at Beauvue as a replacement for the French international.

One thing is for certain, and that is it promises to be a busy summer for the late bloomer who is making up for the time he spent away from the top.  

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