Arsenal in battle for French striker

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Arsenal face a fresh battle in the race to sign French striker Loic Remy.

The 23-year-old has been a long-time target for a string of Premier League clubs, although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has consistently been the man linked with a move for the forward.

West Ham United are the latest side to join the chase for the Nice striker, who made his international debut for Les Bleus against Nigeria in 2009.

After making his debut for Lyon as a teenager, Remy struggled to break into the OL side on a regular basis and spent three seasons struggling in the reserves for the main.

A loan to Lens saw Remy get his opportunity in Ligue 1, and his impressive performances at the end of the 2008 season saw him earn an €8 million move to Nice.

At Les Aiglons, Remy has been one of the few bright spots during a couple of difficult campaigns. Last season's 15th place finish could see Remy head for the exit door, with Premier League clubs taking a serious look.

The player himself has stated a desire to move to the Emirates, launching a come-and-get-me plea to compatriot Wenger in May.

“Arsenal are the club I want to join. I won't deny they are my priority. Arsenal are a young, ambitious side and I love to watch them play," he told RMC.

Avram Grant is eager to strengthen his forward line at the Boelyn Ground, and after failed attempts to sign Juan Roman Riquelme, Thierry Henry and others, the Hammers could turn to Remy.

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