Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro has attracted the attention of a number of Barclays Premier League clubs after scoring 15 goals in 22 appearances so far this season.
The 23-year-old Frenchman was recently rewarded for his fine form when he was handed his international debut by France coach Laurent Blanc – a move that will only add to his growing reputation.
Gameiro was the subject of a bid from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, and manager Harry Redknapp was rumoured to be mulling over another approach in the recent January transfer window.
However, Spurs officials were said to have quashed any move to White Hart Lane as they were not prepared to gamble on a player unproven in the Premier League who, at 5ft 8ins tall has also been deemed too slight for the rigours of English football reports the Metro.
Tottenham’s dithering has paved the way for Arsenal to step up their interest in the prolific striker after manager Arsene Wenger had Gameiro watched extensively by his Gunners scouts reports the Daily Mail.
Arsenal are now in pole position to sign the promising player with their chances enhanced further thanks to the good relations already established with Lorient off the back of the £8m deal that saw Laurent Koscielny move between the two clubs to the Emirates Stadium last summer.
Lorient president Loic Fery, who is a friend of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said, “We would not sell for below €15million (£12.5m). Extending the contract of Kevin Gameiro is always our goal.”
Having risen quickly through the ranks of French football, Gameiro has become a shining star in Ligue 1 this season, leaving both Arsenal and Spurs fans to sweat over what could prove to be one of the most highly charged transfer tussles of the summer.
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