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World Cup Scout - Gervinho

We run the rule over Ivory Coast ace Gervinho

Sky Sports Scout is our exciting feature where we scour the globe looking out for the best talent and bring you a report on what we find.

NAME: Gervinho AGE: 23 (27th May, 1987) BORN: Anyama, Ivory Coast POSITION: Forward CLUB: Lille FACTS: Dream move is Arsenal Sky Sports Scout Ratings: 0-10 - No hoper 11-20 - Should look elsewhere 21-30 - Might not make it 31-40 - Has work to do 41-50 - Keep an eye on him 51-60 - Great prospect 61-70 - On his way to the top 71-80 - Already World-class

Our Scout has now turned his attention to the World Cup finals and over the coming weeks will report on some of the best talent in South Africa.

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Next under our scout's gaze at the finals is Ivory Coast ace Gervinho - recommended by Sky Sports reader Andre Nelsen.

The scout reports...

Yao Kouassi Gervais, or simply Gervinho, is Ivory Coast's brightest young talent and he hopes to play a major role for them at this summer's World Cup finals.

Gervinho is a product of the famed Asec Mimosas Academy which has produced a huge number of the Ivory Coast squad.

Gervinho was known as the dribbling wizard of the academy, which saw him handed his Brazilian style nickname at such a young age.

He possesses pace and power, whilst he also has an eye for goal, but his versatility makes him hugely appealing to many clubs.

Currently with Lille, he is being tracked by a host of clubs from the Premier League, whilst German giants Bayern Munich are also monitoring him closely.

With doubts emerging over the fitness over their superstar striker Didier Drogba, attention and expectation could very well land at the door of Gervinho.

The scout says...

Although still an unknown to some, Gervinho is very well known to leading clubs and a good display in South Africa could see him seal a big-money move.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 8 out of 10

Passing: 8 out of 10

Tackling: 7 out of 10

Heading: 7 out of 10

Pace: 9 out of 10

Vision: 9 out of 10

Current ability: 8 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: £15million

Potential value: £28million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Gervinho - now we want your views. Have you seen Gervinho in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

And if you have spotted anyone you think we should feature then please get in touch using the same form. We will look to send out the Scout to follow up some of your leads.