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Report: Liverpool to hijack Arsenal move for 25-year-old, player has £34.2m release clause

By Dominic Toner

Liverpool have joined the race to sign prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to a report.

Premier League rivals West Ham and Arsenal have both showed an interest in the in-demand Frenchman this summer.

The Telegraph have reported that Arsene Wenger’s team are ready to meet Lacazette’s £34.2million buy-out-clause and open formal talks with the forward.

Now French publication Le10 Sport, cited by Football Talk, claim that the Merseyside club are now set to try hijack the Gunners’ move and bring him to Anfield.

The 25-year-old was in fine form last season for current club Lyon, scoring 23 goals in his 44 appearances to help guide them to Champions League qualification.

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The forward has only played for Lyon at senior level since his debut in 2010 and 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 semi-final against Germany on Thursday.

Liverpool have already been active in the window so far, recruiting Southampton attacker Sadio Mane, alongside defender Joel Matip and goalkeeper Loris Karius.

With current striker Christian Benteke subject to a move away from Anfield, boss Jorgen Klopp may see Lacazette as an ideal replacement.

In other Liverpool news, they have been given a huge boost ahead of opening league fixture against Arsenal.