Arsenal, Everton in seven-team battle to sign prolific Belgium-based striker

Date published: Thursday 20th February 2020 1:35 - Jonny Whitfield

Arsenal and Everton are amongst seven team vying for the signature of prolific Canada international Jonathon David, according to reports.

The forward currently plays for 2nd place KAA Gent in the Jupiler Pro League in Belgium, where he has amassed an incredible 19 goals and 10 assists in 35 appearances this season.

And according to the Daily Mirror, his impressive form has attracted the attention of seven top-flight clubs, including Arsenal, Everton and Leicester City.

RB Leipzig, Napoli, Lazio and Lyon are also reportedly keen in acquiring the signature of the youngster.

According to French publication Jeunesfooteux, Lyon expressed their interest in David in January but were unsuccessful, and are now preparing to make a fresh bid for the 20-year-old in summer.

Lyon are keen on signing the Canada international to replace star-man Moussa Dembele, who looks destined for the Premier League in summer.

But the Ligue 1 side can expect stiff competition from Arsenal and Everton to sign the New-York born forward, with Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti reportedly very keen on bringing the frontman to England.

It is believed that Arteta is impressed with David’s versatility, and with the contracts of forward duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang running down, the Gunners boss is considering his options.



Meanwhile, The Sun reported in January that Everton boss Ancelotti is ready to offload £45million Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Ancelotti has identified the Gent forward as an ideal, long-term successor to the Iceland international.

Gent travel to the Italian capital on Thursday where they will face Roma in the first leg of their Europa League clash, and it is likely that the clubs interested in the 20-year-old will be paying close attention to how well he fares against tougher opposition.


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