Borussia Monchengladbach have reportedly joined the race for FC Lorient’s 21-year-old forward Alexis Claude-Maurice, who has caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs after an impressive debut season in France’s second division.
According to The Mirror, Monchengladbach are interested in a deal to sign the winger, who is attracting interest from the Premier League.
Arsenal and West Ham are among the clubs rumoured to be interested, with both sides having reportedly had an £8 million bid turned down earlier this summer. French giants Lyon are also said to be eyeing up a move for the young forward, and with Monchengladbach now sniffing around Claude-Maurice is by no means short of options.
The Frenchman scored 14 goals last season, as FC Lorient finished sixth, and he has been earmarked as a replacement for Thorgan Hazard due to his ability to operate out wide as well as centrally. Claude-Maurice will also offer good cover for last season’s top scorer and fellow countrymen Alassane Plea.
Lorient are said to be holding out for a fee closer to £20 million, and will not entertain any bids below £15 million for their prized asset.
According to regional German daily the Rheinische Post, Gladbach are also considering making a move for Watford attacker Dodi Lukebakio. The 21-year-old Belgian forward enjoyed a fine spell on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf last season, and he could well provide a cheaper alternative to Claude-Maurice.