Arsenal tried to hijack Tottenham's move to sign Clinton Njie from Lyon at the last minutes according to L'Equipe.
Spurs announced this morning that they had completed their swoop for the Cameroon forward, who has signed a five-year contract at White Hart Lane.
Before the north London club had completed the £12 million signing however, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed that the move may be hijacked by a Premier League rival. ‘Clinton Njie’s departure is not complete. We have received an offer from another big English club which is complicating things,’ he told French media earlier this week.
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Now L'Equipe have claimed that the club in question was indeed Arsenal. The French newspaper say that the Gunners made contact with Lyon on Friday to sound them out about Njie's availability, just as Tottenham were looking to put him through a medical.
They add that Arsenal didn't make a formal offer but toyed with the idea of challenging Spurs for his signature before ultimately deciding against it.
Njie arrives at Tottenham following the departure of Roberto Soldado, who has joined Villarreal in a deal worth a reported £10 million.
The 22-year-old will provide support for Harry Kane this season, and says he is excited to get started at White Hart Lane. He told Tottenham's official website: “I’m still young, still growing up and it’s a big challenge - the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world.
“The club is ambitious and I’m ready to give my best to help the club achieve its aims."
Arsenal meanwhile have been heavily linked with a host of top forwards including Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, although that deal is unlikely to go ahead.