The story of Gaëtan Laborde and English clubs is an interesting one, as the striker has allegedly been on the radar of a number of Premier League sides in the past, with Arsenal and Liverpool reported to have taken an interest in him at one point.
The player confirmed it, but made it clear it was never anything beyond them looking at him.
A few years later and it’s AFC Bournemouth’s turn to be interested in him, according to L’Equipe.
The French newspaper take a look at what could happen to some of Montpellier’s players in the next few months, and explain the Cherries and Köln in the Bundesliga both came forward to ‘ask for information’ about Laborde.
The forward was enjoying a decent season before the Covid-19 pandemic stopped Ligue 1 in its tracks, having scored six goals and assisted another five in 28 league appearances, and his ability to both find the back of the net and create would be an asset for most sides.
Unfortunately, Montpellier are sorely aware of this, and have no intention of getting rid of their goalscorer, reportedly letting Bournemouth and other interested clubs know their approaches would be met with a ‘flat refusal’.
That means Eddie Howe will have to look elsewhere if he wants to bolster his attack in the coming months.