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Liverpool and Arsenal target considering transfer request to force £28m move

Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette is considering handing in a transfer request amid interest from Liverpool, reports the Independent.

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The 24-year-old has seen contract talks with the Ligue 1 side stall recently, and he could try and force a move despite his current deal running until 2018. The forward is in talks over an extension after being the highest scorer in the French top flight with 27 goals last season. He beat illustrious names such as Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the title, and nearly fired Lyon to the French crown with his form.

As a result, OL are likely to demand at least £28 million for the France international according to the Independent. The Reds may also have to fight off competition from Arsenal, Manchester United, and PSG for his signature [Metro]. With all three of those sides competing in the Champions League it could be difficult for the Merseyside outfit to tempt him in to coming to Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers is on the lookout for a new striker after his side struggled to score freely without Luis Suarez in the last campaign. Daniel Sturridge was injured for much of the season, while Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli, and Fabio Borini scored a paltry eight times between them.

It remains which of the trio will still be at the club when the new season begins; Borini has been linked with Bologna [Sky Sports], Balotelli with Newcastle United [Chronicle] and Lambert with Queens Park Rangers [Standard].

Meanwhile, both Arsenal and Man Utd are in need of a new forward to help them turn in to title challengers. Both finished some way off Chelsea last time round, and a proven goalscorer could help to make up the difference existing between themselves and the Blues. Neither had a striker of the calibre of Diego Costa in the last campaign.

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