Le Havre starlet Jeremy Balmy has admitted he hopes to emulate the achievements of Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie while hinting he would be open to a switch to the Emirates Stadium in the future.
Both Tottenham and Arsenal have been tracking Balmy who is available next summer, while La Liga outfit Valencia are also said to be monitoring his progress.
Both Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger are said to be keen on bringing the talented youngster to their respective clubs, but it appears it is the red half of North London that are in the driving seat after Balmy admitted he looked up to in-form Gunners forward Van Persie.
"If I had to pick just one [player I'd aspire to be], it would be [Robin] van Persie or [Lionel] Messi. I like the way they play," he told Goal.com.
While the youngster admitted he will “look abroad” for a potential move to the Premier League in the future, for now he is happy learning his trade in his home country.
"My parents are involved in it so I do not know, but yes, there were offers everywhere," he admitted. "For now, I'm just focusing on my game at Le Havre and my progress. I do not care about external stresses.
"I will first overcome Ligue 2, then move to Ligue 1 and then look abroad."
Balmy also spoke about a potential transfer to AC Milan in his early teens, but opted to remain with Le Havre, which he feels was the right decision in hindsight.
"I chose Le Havre for their policy of growth and training," he continued. "I heard about this offer from Milan by my parents, but I think I made the right choice for my game."
Balmy’s comments will be music to Wenger’s ears, with the Frenchman keen to snap up any young talent from his home country for the Gunners.