Report: Arsenal and West Ham make bids for Alexis Claude-Maurice

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Lorient's Alexis Claude-Maurice is being linked with Premier League duo West Ham United and Arsenal, plus PSG, Lyon, Lille, Monaco and RB Leipzig.

Alexis Claude-Maurice of Lorient during the French League Cup match between FC Lorient and RC Lens at Stade du Moustoir on August 22, 2017 in Lorient, France.

Arsenal have had a £9 million bid for Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice rejected, according to Soccer Link, while West Ham United are also interested in the France U20 international.

At the age of just 20, Claude-Maurice is already the undisputed talisman of a Lorient side who narrowly missed out on promotion to Ligue 1 this season, scoring 14 goals in 35 games to spearhead their play-off chase.

And the youngster’s exploits have not gone unnoticed with Sport Link claiming that Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Lille and Lyon are all looking to give him his chance in the top flight.

 

RB Leipzig, who finished third in the Bundesliga last season, also want Claude-Maurice as they aim to snap up another of France’s brightest talents after the arrivals of Dayot Upamecano and Jean-Kevin Augustin.

However, Claude-Maurice also has interest from across the channel.

Konz, Germany - March 24: Bote Nzuzi Baku of Germany challenges Alexis Claude-Maurice of France during the friendly match between U18 Germany and U18 France at Saar-Mosel-Stadium on March...

Sport Link claims that Arsenal have seen an initial £9 million turned down while West Ham have also made an offer, though it is not known how much Manuel Pellegrini’s side have offered to pay.

Interestingly, Claude-Maurice was spotted catching up with Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, who he played alongside at Lorient, last week.

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