Wenger ‘can neither confirm or deny’ Lacazette interest

Date published: Thursday 30th June 2016 11:28

Arsene Wenger remains coy about Arsenal’s striking targets after refusing to speak about Lyon frontman Alexandre Lacazette.

The Gunners boss, who recently failed with a £20million move for Jamie Vardy, is on the lookout for a forward and when asked whether Lacazette was on his radar he kept his cards close to his chest.

“I neither confirm or deny interest, if I say that I like the player it starts speculation,” Wenger told Canal+.

The French forward, who missed out on a place in Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 squad, is believed to be looking to move on from the Ligue 1 club this summer and recently he claimed the Premier League was a big lure.

“A departure? Yes, I think about the Premier League is very attractive for a player,” Lacazette told Le 10 Sport earlier this year. “But I know that to go, I have to play well this season. So I’m very focused and perhaps after that, I will leave.”

Newcastle had a bid rejected for the player in January, while Everton, Liverpool, West Ham and Tottenham are all tracking the  25-year-old, whose contract runs in France until 2019.

Reports last week claimed West Ham were preparing a £32million bid, after seeing an initial approach of £24million rebuffed. Meanwhile, a report last week suggested the player was not interested in a move to the Hammers of Spurs, but would be open to a switch to Arsenal.

The French club are believed to want £40million for the striker who scored 23 goals in Ligue 1 last season to take his record to 92 goals in 229 appearances for the French club.

Arsenal are believed to be interested in Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain, but Lacazette could now be top of Wenger’s shortlist.

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas said last month: “In order to make a sale, all three parties need to be in agreement.

“A priority, he stays. If there is an offer that we cannot refuse, he will come see me and then that is it.”

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