Report: Clement Grenier offered to Arsenal and Spurs, both turned him down

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Arsenal and Tottenham reportedly snubbed the chance to sign Clement Grenier - allowing Middlesbrough to lead the race.

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According to major French newspaper L'Equipe, the representative for Lyon's Clement Grenier offered the playmaker's services to Arsenal and Tottenham - but both rejected the chance to sign him.

Grenier, 25, was once one of Europe's most highly-rated playmakers, as having come up through the ranks at Lyon, he became a key player for the French side.

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Grenier notched 14 goals between the start of the 2012-13 season and end of the 2013-14 campaign, and whilst he earned caps for the French national team, his career has dipped in the last couple of years.

Injuries have plagued Grenier, and he has played just 30 games in the last two seasons, scoring only three goals in that time - and now it seems that Lyon are ready to move him on this summer.

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L'Equipe report that Grenier's representative has been contacting clubs ahead of the summer transfer window, with Middlesbrough - newly promoted to the Premier League - leading the race to sign the attacking midfielder.

However, it's claimed that a move to Boro could be on the cards because two of the Premier League's biggest clubs rejected the chance to sign Grenier this summer, with Arsenal and Spurs both snubbing him.

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Arsenal have a host of players who can play in attacking midfield, with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla all capable of playing there, and whilst Tottenham may want some competition for Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Grenier's injury record may mean that Mauricio Pochettino looks elsewhere.

Once a top talent in Europe, Grenier is struggling to find a top club to sign him this summer, and may end up heading to Middlesbrough to try and kickstart his career again.

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