Tottenham have £10.6m bid rejected for Lille star Gervinho

Harry Redknapp sees his initial offer for the forward rebuffed, as Everton and Arsenal also battle for the 24-year-old's signature after the Ivorian admitted he wishes to leave

Tottenham have had a £10.6 million bid rejected for Lille’s Ivory Coast striker Gervinho, with Arsenal and Everton also known to be interested in signing the player.

“We received an offer of €12m (£10.6m) from Tottenham which was refused,” Lille general manager Frederic Paquet said in an article in The Daily Mail.

Gervinho impressed for Lille last season as they won the French title and the French cup, though they face a fight to hold on to their star player with Premier League sides ready to battle for the striker.

Tottenham and Arsenal appear to be in a straight tussle for the player though Gervinho has reportedly attracted interest too from Everton and Newcastle.

The 24-year-old has been told that he will be not allowed to leave Lille this summer but with Spurs and Arsenal keen on the player it appears unlikely that the French champions are going to be able to hold on to their prized asset.

Lille will be desperate to keep Gervinho ahead of next season's Champions League campaign after losing Yohan Cabaye to Newcastle last week after the Tyneside club met a release clause in his contract allowing him to move on.

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