Gunners 'leading chase' for coveted £10m Ligue 1 hitman - reports

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Arsenal are one of the clubs leading the chase to sign Gervinho, according to reports.

The Gunners have been joined by Liverpool at the head of the queue for the coveted Ivorian striker, with claims in France that one of the Barclays Premier League two is the most likely destination of the player.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has been heavily linked with a move for the Lille forward in the last fortnight, but now appear to have turned their attentions elsewhere after Harry Redknapp was spotted scouting Kevin Gameiro of Lorient.

He too is a former Arsenal target, although Arsene Wenger has been linked with Gervinho for well over a year now, and will be looking to use his contacts in France to persuade the player over a move to the Emirates.

The 23-year-old former Le Mans hitman admitted that he's happy with the now Ligue 1 champions earlier in the month, although refused to close the door on a potential move away from the Stade Lille-Metropole.

"I have a contract with Lille until 2012 and I am happy here. Playing in the Champions League is a big attraction for me," said last season's 15-goal forward.

"But I also have other offers and I have spoken with the club. I will decide my future after the final game."


Arsenal would be able to offer the player Champions League football, and also have Ivorian compatriot Emmanuel Eboue in their ranks to help the player settle in north London should they make a move.

Wenger has confirmed that money is at his disposal should he find the 'right' player to bring to Arsenal, and £10-million rated Gervinho could be the answer as the Frenchman looks to bolster his attacking ranks.

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