Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in Paul George Ntep in January but face competition from AS Roma, reports Le 10 Sport.
The Gunners have watched the young striker many times over the last few months and consistently been impressed.
Arsene Wenger reportedly registered his interest in acquiring the young player's service but failed to make an official bid.
However, with Arsenal on the lookout for reinforcements up front in January, Wenger is now ready to make a move for the 21-year-old with €8m thought to be enough to convince his club Auxerre to sell.
It would be the second time in the space of a year that Arsenal have stolen a young talented striker from Auxerre.
Yaya Sanogo was signed on a free transfer in the summer but hasn't featured for Arsenal since August, having sustained a serious back injury.
A number of French clubs including: Marseille, Lille and Rennes have baulked at that price tag but Arsenal remain interested.
But they're not the only team considering a bid.
AS Roma manager Rudi Garcia is well aware of the talents of Ntep, having watched the player whilst managing Lille.
Garcia has made contact with the club and the representatives of the French under-21 international and is expected to make a bid when the transfer window reopens in January.