North London knockback in €23m playmaker pursuit

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a setback in their plans to sign highly rated Lille playmaker Eden Hazard according to talkSPORT.

The 20-year-old winger has been a revelation in Ligue 1 this season, helping Lille to clinch their first-ever domestic title, and consequently helping seal qualification for the Champions League next term.

Hazard's club president Michel Seydoux confirmed in the French press:

"Eden is not available for transfer. We have met, and the decision is that it he will not be sold for any price.

"We have won two trophies this season and have a project we are working on.


"Hazard is included in this plan and is an integral part of it. That is why he will not be leaving."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had earmarked Hazard as a summer recruit who would add competition for places in the Gunners midfield.

But a move to the Emirates Stadium always seemed unlikely as the player's price tag - quoted at €23million, continued to rise amidst increased interest in Hazard's signature.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had also been credited with an interest, as he looks to continue improving his White Hart Lane squad in a bid to return Tottenham to Champions League qualification next season.

Both Tottenham and Arsenal will be knocked by recent developments, but both clubs are likely to have alternative transfer targets in mind with a view to strengthening over the summer.

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