Makoun makes Arsenal claim

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Lille star Jean Makoun claims that Arsenal could launch a summer bid for his services, with Manchester United apparently still keeping close tabs on his progress as well.

Makoun spurned the advances of both United and Lyon last summer and he remains one of Ligue 1's most coveted performers.

The Cameroon midfielder signed a new deal with the French side in October, but, with the summer transfer window appearing on the horizon, speculation regarding a move to the Premiership has arisen once more.

The 23-year-old claims that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has contacted him, and that the North London side are a possible destination should he opt to leave Lille.

Makoun has also insisted he remains in contact with Premiership leaders Manchester United despite their continued interest in Bayern Munich's Owen Hargreaves.

"Arsenal are a possibility," admitted Makoun in the Sunday Mirror.

"I know their scouts have come to see me play several times and I have had a phone call from Arsene Wenger too."

Makoun added regarding United: "They were in touch with me last year and I know they are still interested because I am still in contact with them."

The Lille star reportedly has a £14million release clause inserted in his contract and the French side's resolve to keep their star man looks likely to be tested when the transfer window opens.