Lille seem determined to hang on to their star striker Moussa Sow despite interest from North London, as well as Turkey.
It is though that Fenerbache have tabled a bid of around €12million (£10million), while Arsenal and Tottenham are both looking to bolster their attacking options, but Lille director general Frederic Paquet has insisted the 25 year-old will be going nowhere.
“We received an offer from Fenerbache yesterday but we haven’t responded.
I will be very clear.
No squad player will leave in January. Moussa is not for sale.”
Sow would prefer a move to the Premier League and Arsenal are looking at the Senegalese striker despite re-signing Thierry Henry for two months.
It is a move that makes sense, with Arsene Wenger looking to use his knowledge of French football to ease the reliance on Robin Van Persie’s goals. Winger Gervinho made the switch to the Emirates Stadium from Lille in the summer and he would probably be urging his former team-mate to do the same.
If Sow is to move, I would bet on Arsenal as his most likely destination. Arsene Wenger has never been afraid to shell out big money in January and a bid of around €15million would give Arsenal the edge over other teams.
The fact that Sow will be at the African Cup of Nations for the next two months is likely to put Newcastle in particular off, and the form of Emmanuel Adebayor means that Tottenham will be prepared to wait.
Arsenal will have to be quick though as L’Equipe reports that a fee has been agreed with Fenerbache and a good performance at African Cup of Nations could see Sow’s value rise.