West Ham United and Arsenal have been chasing Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice.
West Ham reportedly made a £10million bid for Frenchman Claude-Maurice two weeks ago.
According to Sky Sports West Ham offered £5million more than London rivals Arsenal for the 21-year-old star.
The Gunners were said to have opened the bidding at around £5million.
West Ham and Arsenal tussle
Lorient are said to be holding out for as much as £17.5m for their star man (Get France Football News).
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to add at least one striker to his squad this summer.
Maxi Gomez is reportedly his prime target while the likes of Claude-Maurice, Moussa Marega, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Salomon Rondon have also been heavily linked.
But it appears West Ham’s hopes – and indeed Arsenal’s too – of landing the attacker are over.
Striker target rules out Hammers
That’s after the player himself told L’Equipe he wants to sign for German side Borussia Monchengladbach.
“Now I feel like it’s time to leave, to join a club that is playing at a higher level,” Claude-Maurice told L’Equipe.
“I want to join Monchengladbach.
“It is a club that relies on young people, there is a good structure, the team will play in the Europa League. This project pleases me and suits me.”
Pellegrini must redouble efforts for prime target Gomez
It is a shame for West Ham because the pacy France U20 international would have added to the club’s new ethos of signing young, talented players hungry to prove themselves.
But Claude-Maurice’s statement was emphatic.
And it now appears Pellegrini will have to redouble his efforts to land Gomez or another of his reported targets.