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Arsenal and Spurs boosted in chase for £8 million striker

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Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro has re-iterated his desire to leave the French club, with Arsenal and Tottenham waiting in the wings.

Gameiro told French football paper L’Equipe he has wanted to leave for six months and, according to reports in his homeland, Bordeaux are favourites to land him.

However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a good relationship with Lorient after bringing Laurent Koscielny to the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

During negotiations, the Gunners boss is thought to have made his interest clear while Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was also interested last summer.

Arsenal will be put off by the £8 million asking price, especially with his contract running out in a year and a half.

Marouane Chamakh had a similar situation and the Gunners were not willing to part with any money and eventually landed him on a free transfer at the start of the season.

Spurs, though, could be dark horses as they search for world class players to strengthen their push for the latter stages of the Champions League and a title challenge.

Other top teams are likely to rivals any bids from Arsenal and Tottenham, with AC Milan rumoured top be in the hunt.

Gameiro told L’Equipe: “It's been six months since I have wanted to leave, so that is not why I'm playing badly. When I score, you do not speak of my desires to leave.”

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