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Tottenham Fail With Initial £10.6m Bid for Lille Striker Gervinho

Opening White Hart Lane offer fails to do the trick.

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Tottenham Hotspur have had a bid rejected for coveted Ivorian striker Gervinho, according to reports

The Lille hitman confirmed last week that he will be making a Barclays Premier League move this summer, with Arsenal originally thought to be in pole position to sign the player.

However, talkSPORT reports on Friday that Arsenal have already won the race for the player appear to have been premature, with Newcastle and Manchester City still thought to be well in the race.

Spurs have now joined the chase for the player, and an opening £10.6 million offer from Harry Redknapp’s side has been rejected by the Ligue 1 outfit.

“We received an offer of €12m (£10.6m) from Tottenham Hotspur which was refused,” general manager Frederic Paquet is reported as saying in the Daily Mail. (Give Me Football)

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is desperately looking to freshen up his attacking options but it seems yet another bid has failed to bear fruit although the White Hart Lane boss is expected to improve the club’s offer for Ivory Coast international Gervinho.

The Lille striker has had two consistent seasons at the Ligue 1 side and helped Lille to their first domestic title in over 50 years but is seemingly ready to leave the club, and Champions League football if need be, in order to fulfill his dream to move to the Premier League.

The likes of Arsenal and Newcastle United are also strongly linked with a move for the 24 year old and the fact that the Magpies recently signed Gervinho’s club team-mate Yohan Cabaye may help their push to nab the forward.

Redknapp saw his quartet of striking options all fail to make much in the way of an impact last term, only Roman Pavlyuchenko could be considered to have had any success whatsoever, netting 10 goals from 18 starts. Whereas Peter Crouch, 4 Premier League goals all season, and Jermain Defoe, four goals from 16 starts, both had shocking seasons.

Robbie Keane, who spent the second half of the campaign at West Ham, is strongly linked with a move away from the North London club.

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