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Liverpool unable to secure Fekir deal

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Sergio Cook | 10 June, 2018, 13:59

Liverpool could turn their attentions back towards Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, after Lyon pulled out of the deal to take Nabil Fekir to Anfield.

Nabil Fekir will not be moving to Liverpool, according to a statement released by Lyon.

"He was looking forward to it because the visit he had was positive".

France Football Association president Noel Le Graet had suggested the move was nearly completed - according to reports in France - before Lyon's announcement.

Fekir, who drawn keen interest from some of the top clubs in Europe this summer, including Bayern Munich and Arsenal, will become Liverpool's third high-profile signing for next season. Liverpool, meanwhile, have already confirmed the signing of Fabinho and will move on to other targets with the goalkeeping department still a matter of concern for the Reds.

Whether this represents the actual end of the pursuit of Fekir remains to be seen.

Nabil Fekir is soon to be a Red!

Fekir scored 21 goals and added nine assists in 39 appearances for Lyon last season.

However, Lyon said on Saturday that talks about the potential transfer of their captain "had not succeeded".

The collapse - for now at least - of Liverpool's move for Fekir will be a setback for Jurgen Klopp.

The 24-year-old was being courted by Liverpool as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January. He was Ligue 1's second best dribbler a year ago, which is a no mean feat considering the fact that the French top flight boasts some of the best up-and-coming dribblers.

With France being one of the hotly tipped favourites for the tournament, it could be a while before Liverpool and Lyon return to the negotiating table. And Liverpool fans would have been watching him very closely.

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