Arsenal 'to spark Spurs battle' for €15 million France ace

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Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly set to slug it out for French striker Kevin Gameiro.

According to talkSPORT, reports in France suggest Arsenal have opened initial talks with Lorient over a potential deal for the 23-year-old Spurs target.

Tottenham have been linked with moves for a whole host of strikers in the January transfer window and, after ruling out a bid for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admitted a move for Gemerio could be on the cards.

He told talkSPORT: “Before we can bring anyone in, I’ve spoke with the chairman, we need to shift one or two,

“It’s going to be a case of the only way we can do any business would be to let one or two go and whatever we get in we can go and invest.”

However, Arsenal are thought to be frontrunners for the France international's signature as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger maintains a good relationship we many influential names in French football - including the president of Lorient, Loic Fery.

When questioned about the alleged interest in Gameiro, Fery said: "We do not need to sell, not [Arsenal defender] Laurent Koscielny, nor Gameiro, but the sale of Koscielny puts us in an even better situation.

"We would not sell for below €15m (£12.5m). Extending the contract of Kevin Gameiro is always our goal.

"Kevin appreciates what he wants from his new contract given his new status and we are discussing these things."

But Arsenal are thought to be quietly confident that they can lure Gameiro to the Emirates Stadium when the transfer window opens in the New Year.

Wenger is understood to be in the market for attacking reinforcements, with CSKA Moscow ace Keisuke Honda and Aston Villa winger Ashley Young both linked with moves to Arsenal.

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