Arsenal have held talks with Marseille and Juventus for strikers Andre-Pierre Gignac and Sebastian Giovinco, it has emerged.
The Express claim that Arsene Wenger is keen to bring one of the strikers to the Emirates Stadium when the transfer window re-opens in January. Both forwards are out of contract at the end of the season, which means the Gunners are optimistic about landing one of the players for a cut-price fee.
Wenger prefers Gignac
The report adds that Gignac, the powerful 28-year-old France international, is Wenger’s first choice striker target.
Under the management of revered Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa, Gignac has already scored eight goals in eight matches this season, with Marseille currently top of the Ligue 1 table.
But despite his impressive recent form, it’s understood that Gignac is determined to force his way out of French football and would jump at the opportunity to join the Gunners.
Giovinco second choice
If a transfer fails to materialise then Wenger may turn his attention to Italy international Giovinco, a totally different striker to Gignac.
Dubbed “the atomic ant” because of his diminutive frame - he measures in just short of 5ft 5in tall - the technically-gifted 27-year-old could provide both Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck with additional competition at the Emirates Stadium.
Giovinco has only made one appearance for Serie A champions Juventus this season and currently finds himself behind Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata in the pecking order with the Turin-based outfit.
However, his first-team opportunities would still be severely limited if he was to make the surprise move to north London.