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Arsenal poised to hijack forward’s transfer to Premier League club

Arsenal are reportedly ready to swoop in ahead of Norwich City to secure the transfer of Lorient youngster Alexis Claude-Maurice.

According to the Daily Mirror, the 20-year-old forward is one of the most highly rated young players coming through in France at the moment, and could make the Emirates Stadium his next destination.

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Despite not being the big name many Arsenal fans will be craving, Claude-Maurice looks a player with plenty of potential who can arrive on the cheap and offer a backup option to the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

It remains to be seen if the Gunners will definitely win the race for his signature, with Claude-Maurice also tracked by Norwich, according to the Mirror.

The Canaries could be a far better bet for the France Under-20 international to ensure he is playing regular first-team football at Premier League level next season.

That would be a much bigger challenge at Arsenal, even if he’d potentially have the chance of playing European football and learning from world class attackers like Aubameyang and Lacazette.

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