Wenger sets Arsenal sights on £10m striker - reports

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Arsenal are being linked with a shock £10 million move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe.

The England international admitted his frustration at a lack of first team opportunities at White Hart Lane last month, leading to speculation over a possible Spurs exit this summer.

"I want to help the club achieve things, win trophies and get in the Champions League, but when you feel like you are working hard, training hard and being professional, and then for some reason you are not playing, it is difficult. It has been really, really hard to be honest. Players come and go, that is just football and it is out of my hands," Defoe told SkySports News in May.

The Daily Star now claims Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has targeted the former West Ham forward as the man to inspire a Barclays Premier League title challenge next season.

Wenger has been linked with a host of strikers in recent weeks, with the Frenchman searching for a strike partner for Robin Van Persie at the Emirates amidst reports that Nicklas Bendtner is on the verge of leaving the club. Gervinho, Peter Odemwingie and Karim Benzema have all been mentioned alongside Arsenal.


It's claimed that Tottenham will listen to offers in the region of £10 million for the 28-year-old, and that manager Harry Redknapp has already set his sights on Didier Drogba as a potential replacement.

A move to Arsenal would be contentious for Defoe, who would follow in the footsteps of players such as Sol Campbell in stepping across the north London divide.

However, the lure of Champions League football will be an enticing factor for Arsenal, who have not commented on the speculation.

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