Report: Stoke City and Palace set to miss out on young French striker

After excelling for the France youth sides, Maxwel Cornet is set to sign for Ligue 1 leaders Lyon this month.

Reports in France Football on Thursday morning are suggesting that Stoke City and Crystal Palace are going to miss out on the signing of France youth international Maxwell Cornet.

The Stoke Sentinel had linked the English clubs with the 18-year-old, but he is close to penning a deal with French league leaders Lyon.

Despite not featuring for FC Metz in Ligue 1 this season, Cornet is very well regarded and has impressed as part of France’s Under-19 squad, and was thought to be one of the next players to come through the blossoming academy at the Lorraine club.

Cornet played 14 games – only 326 minutes – as Metz won promotion from Ligue 2 last season, and with only six months left on his current contract, Lyon are expected to pounce and sign the youngster for only €400,000.

There are suggestions that his father and advisor have had something to do with his decision to leave Metz. Their demands for a bumper contract extension put Metz off extending his deal, something that was no issue for Les Gones.

L’Equipe suggested that Juventus were also interested in signing the Ivorian-born striker, but Lyon appear to have managed to get him to agree on a four-year contract.

Clubs would definitely have been attracted to the player through his international record. He has been part of the youth set-up from under-16 to under-19 and in 39 games he has scored 21 goals. That included seven goals in 11 games for the current Under-19 side.

It remains to be seen how much of an impact, or how long it could take Cornet to make his mark at Les Gones, but for just €400,000, it would be very low risk, with the chance of great reward for Lyon and France.

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