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Lille beat Arsenal and Newcastle to midfielder’s signature

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
11:13 AM

Transfer news: Lille have confirmed the signing of Arsenal and Newcastle target Florian Thauvin from Bastia.

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The 20-year-old France youth international, who has three goals in 19 league games for Bastia this season, had been strongly linked with Alan Pardew’s side, while Arsene Wenger had also expressed an interest.

But Thauvin has snubbed Premier League interest to sign on with Lille until 2017, although he will be loaned straight back to Bastia until the end of the season.

He told Lille’s official website: “I am very happy to join the Lille.

“Lille is a very big club so I am very happy to be a part of it.”

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