Arsenal face French battle to land international striker

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Arsenal face competition from Rennes and Lyon in the race to sign French striker Loic Remy.

The 23-year-old striker has been linked with a string of clubs over previous months, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly monitoring the OGC Nice forward after a recommendation from scout and former player Gilles Grimandi.

Remy scored 15 goals for Les Aiglons last season, 13 coming in Ligue 1 as the forward played a pivotal role in helping the club survive. They would finish the season 15th in the French top flight.

Remy started his career at Lyon, earning 12 appearances in three years before a loan move to Lens in 2008. The switch proved to be a success, with the striker scoring three times in 10 matches and securing an €8 million move to Nice.

After two impressive seasons at Stade Municipal du Ray, clubs are starting to take notice of the Frenchman, who earned his only appearance for Les Bleus thus far against Nigeria.

French paper L'Equipe reports that Rennes are the new favourites ahead of the Gunners, although former club Lyon haven't ruled out a swoop for their former man.

The plot thickens further with news that Rennes are in the process of selling striker Jimmy Briand to Lyon, but their president Jean-Michel Aulas believes the two could play up-front together.

"Normally he would sign for Rennes. But, we will try to use our (first refusal) clause. Jimmy Briand and him, it is not impossible."

As recently as March, the player himself stated that north London would be his preferred destination for a move.

"My preference would be Arsenal over Lyon. You never know in football what will happen. But Arsenal are a club that make me feel desire," said Remy.

Wenger has already added Marouane Chamakh this summer, as is being linked with key players in every core position.

With a reputation for bringing the best out of young players, the Frenchman might view compatriot Remy as a possible star in the making that could produce his best under guidance at the Emirates.

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