Harry Redknapp and Queens Park Rangers have made enquiries for Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier, reports the Daily Mail. The player had heavily featured on the radar at Arsenal, but the Loftus Road club are also looking to strengthen their back-line ahead of their return to the Premier League.
Aurier has garnered international attention following two impressive displays for the Cote d’Ivoire in this summer’s World Cup finals. During the African nation’s first game against Japan, Aurier particularly impressed by providing 2 assists for the team’s 2 goals.
Although QPR have opened up negotiations for the player, it is believed that Toulouse’s valuation of Aurier might make him a little too expensive for the Premier League new boys. A price tag of £7 million is a comfortable sum for the Champion’s League contenders, Arsenal, but it is a little high for Harry Redknapp’s side.
However, Arsenal fans will still feel a touch of anxiety, and they will hope that a very promising rumour will lead to an actual signing. The Gunners lost Bacary Sagna earlier in the summer to league rivals Manchester City, and Aurier could become a perfect replacement for the out-going Frenchman.
Tottenham Hotspur are also rumoured to be monitoring the situation, however, so the Emirates club could also face opposition from their even more local rivals. Either way, it looks almost certain that Aurier will be moving to London this summer, it is just not entirely clear for which club he will be playing.