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Report - Liverpool lead Man United in hunt for big-name striker

Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette

Reports in the UK media today suggest that Jurgen Klopp may have the upper hand in the battle for Alexandre Lacazette's signature.

The Express report that Liverpool are to meet the Lyon's striker's representatives this week as they try to complete a deal for the striker who is valued at £50m.

The French international has been eyed up by many clubs and it was expected he would head to Spain to join Atletico Madrid but the La Liga club's transfer ban has scuppered that move.

Fellow Premier League clubs Arsenal and especially Manchester United were also rumoured to be in the hunt for the 26-year-old but Liverpool look to have stolen a march on their rivals.

Lacazette scored 36 goals for Lyon in 44 games last season and it has been reported that he is Klopp's number one target this transfer window.

United are said to have turned to Lacazette after their hopes of signing Antonie Griezmann were dashed by the player's declaration he was staying with Atletico Madrid.

Speaking yesterday Griezmann said that he would not leave the Spanish club while they were under a transfer ban, saying it would not be right.