Ivory Coast international Gervinho could be on his way to Arsenal, with Lille general manager Frederic Paquet revealing the two clubs are about to start talks.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his forward line with Marouane Chamakh struggling in his debut season in the Premier League and Nicklas Bendtner declaring his desire to move on for first team football.

Paris Saint Germain have also been linked with the player, but Lille will refuse to sell the him to one of their Ligue 1 rivals.

Gervinho scored 15 league goals and recorded 10 assists last season as Lille won the Double.

Paquet told RMC: "He wants to go and has developed contacts with Arsenal. We will soon have talks with them and see what they offer.

"He has expressed a desire to go to England and we will see what happens.

"Paris Saint Germain inquired but we are not thinking about strengthening a competitor.''

Although Lille will entertain the idea of selling Gervinho, their stance is different on Eden Hazard. Paquet has described the 20-year-old Belgian as "untransferable''.

Lille also announced the capture of 21-year-old striker Ronny Rodelin from Ligue 2 Nantes.