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Arsenal fail in their 8.5m bid to sign Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny

03 Jun 2010 12:16:24

Arsenal fail in their 8.5m bid to sign Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal have failed to sign Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny, despite raising their bid to £8.5m, according to sources in France. It is believed the bid was dependent on a number of clauses rather than being a straight cash offer and the French club are believed to want at least £7m up front. They have already rejected a bid of little over £4m from the Gunners for the 24-year-old centre half. Wanted man: Laurent Koscielny (left) in action against Montpellier last month Arsene Wenger is prepared to sanction the season-long loan to Lorient of promising midfielder Francis Coquelin in a bid to keep negotiations open. Lorient paid Tours less than £1.5m for Koscielny last year, but he has received rave reviews and interest from across Europe. Meanwhile, Arsenal are set to face renewed competition from Rennes for long-standing target Loic Remy. Gilles Grimandi has scouted the 23-year-old for the Gunners, although a price-tag approaching £15m has been off-putting. Rennes are eyeing the Nice striker as a potential replacement for Lyon-bound Jummy Briand. But Lyon have a buyback clause on Remy and have not rulled out signing both him and Briand.  Cesc Fabregas battle not over as Barcelona refuse to back down after Arsenal reject £29m bidCampbell taking his time as Celtic try to land Arsenal's veteran defenderARSENAL FC


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