Arsenal and Tottenham are said to be two of the clubs interested in signing Aaron Boupendza from the Turkish side, Hatayspor.

Aaron Boupendza of Hatayspor during the Turkish Super league football match between Basaksehir and Hatayspor at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on January 30, 2021.
Aaron Boupendza of Hatayspor during the Turkish Super league football match between Basaksehir and Hatayspor at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on January 30, 2021.

Aaron Boupendza is a player who doesn’t seem to have been linked with Arsenal before so it’s always nice to get a new name added to the rumour mill.

The forward has 18 goals in 28 games this season (no assists) and is apparently on Arsenal’s radar as they look to replace Alexandre Lacazette who seems set for an exit this summer.

Boupendza arrived in Turkey from Bordeaux in 2020 but spent most of his time before that out on loan.

Signing for Bordeaux in 2016 from CF Mounana in Gabon, the left-footed 24-year-old, was then loaned to Pau FC in Ligue 2 (21 appearances, 1,601 mins, 13 goals) before going to Tours (13 appearances, 823 mins, 4 goals), and Feirense (Portugal, 12 appearances, 726 mins, 0 goals). He was eventually released on a free transfer.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s compatriot has 15 Gabon caps and three goals and is worth around £6.3m.

The Turkish side accepted a recent bid of £7m for him from the Russian side, Krasnodar, however, perhaps unsurprisingly, Boupendza rejected the move with his eye on one to the Premier League despite interest from Fenerbahce.

Aubameyang at Arsenal is, reportedly, a draw for the player who is also being watched by Southampton, Leicester, West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Celtic and Rangers

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