Jeremie Aliadiere hails reported Arsenal and West Ham target Alexis Claude-Maurice

Jeremie Aliadiere of Arsenal chases the loose ball during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leicester City and Arsenal on December 6, 2003 at Walkers Stadium in Leicester,...

Premier League pair Arsenal and West Ham United have reportedly made bids for Lorient's French striker Claude-Maurice.

Alexis Claude Maurice of Lorient during the French Ligue 2 match between Red star and Lorient at Stade Pierre Brisson on September 14, 2018 in Beauvais, France.

Jeremie Aliadiere has backed Arsenal’s pursuit of Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice, admitting to Football London that the young striker caught his eye during a spell in the French top flight.

The 21-year-old has emerged as one of the most in demand youngsters in French football over the last few weeks, having scored 14 goals for Lorient in the second tier across a breakthrough 2018/19 campaign while impressing with his speed and clinical finishing skills.

Soccer Link claims that Arsenal have offered £8 million while West Ham have made a £12 million bid. Claude-Maurice, however, prefers a move to The Emirates, where he would reunite with former Lorient team-mate Matteo Guendouzi.

 

And Aliadiere, who started his career at Arsenal before enjoying a fruitful spell at Lorient, believes Claude-Maurice could be a big hit at the Emirates.

“It's about taking a gamble now when other teams aren't prepared to,” said the 36-year-old, who also had a loan spell at West Ham in 2005/06.

Jeremie Aliadiere of Arsenal chases the loose ball during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leicester City and Arsenal on December 6, 2003 at Walkers Stadium in Leicester,...

“He's a good player and has really good qualities. At a club like Arsenal that gives chances to young players it would be a good step for him.

"I remember incredible quick feet, a technical player. Technically he was amazing. The only thing - he was young at the time - was making the right decision, passing when you need to pass. He was dribbling all the time when I was there. But he's a very sharp, skilful player.”

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal are ready to increase their bid in order to match West Ham’s £12 million offer for a striker who has represented France at U20 level.

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.

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