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Liverpool line up £34m-rated ace after London club says no - report

By Alex Taylor

Liverpool have been given a boost in their hunt for Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal rejected the 25-year-old, according to reports.

Football website Goal claim that there has been no interest from the north London outfit in Lacazette even though they are in the market for a striker.

The news will excite Liverpool fans as it may leave the door open for Jurgen Klopp to sanction a stunning move for the forward having been linked with the player in recent time.

The Reds are on the hunt for a striker this summer as Daniel Sturridge topped the scoring charts with 13 goals in all competitions in the recently completed season, despite spending large parts of the year injured.

There had previously been reports of Lacazette, 25, having a £34.2million release clause but Lyon have denied that is the case.

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It is understood that Jurgen Klopp planned to use the money received for Christian Benteke on the free-scoring striker.

Lacazette was in fine form last season in France’s top tier, scoring 23 goals in his 44 appearances to help guide them to Champions League qualification.

The forward has only played for Lyon at senior level since his debut in 2010 and with just two years left on his current contract, could be tempted with a move to the Premier League to further his career.

The Ligue 1 Player of the Year for 204-15 has only made 10 appearances for his national side and was not selected for the France Euro 2016 squad who compete in the final against Portugal on Sunday.

In other Liverpool news, the Reds have agreed a deal for goalkeeper Ryan Fulton to join Chesterfield on a season-long loan.