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Alexandre Lacazette does not want to leave Lyon next month despite rumoured interest from Liverpool, according to the Ligue 1 side’s boss, Hubert Fournier.

The 23-year-old hit-man took his season’s tally to 17 goals with a double against Bordeaux over the weekend, building on his burgeoning reputation.

Liverpool were linked with the pacey front-man over the summer, yet their interest cooled as Mario Balotelli became the major target.

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But with the Italian having failed to notch a Premier League goal, while Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have also struggled in the absence of injured marksman Daniel Sturridge, Lacazette has once again emerged as a top target for the Merseysiders.

With Lyon’s financial situation far from stable, there have been suggestions that their main asset may be sold when the transfer window opens, but Fournier says that he wants to keep his forward, and that he’s confident the player is eager to stay:

“I’m not the best person to speak about it. If it was only up to me, of course I would like him to stay,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“But the president has rather reassured me, and above all, I don’t get the impression Alexandre wants to leave during the January transfer window.”