Arsenal gear up for bidding war over Marseille star - reports

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Arsenal could face competition from Bayern Munich in the race to sign Marseille forward Andre Ayew when the transfer window opens in January.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been keen on bringing the highly-rated Ghanaian to the Emirates for some time, and has continued to monitor the situation as the 21-year-old discussed signing a new deal with Marseille.

Now, with talks said to be progressing slowly, the Frenchman is said to be waiting to pounce, with a fee of around £10 million enough to allow one of the brightest young talents in Ligue 1 to join Arsenal.

However Wenger is unlikely to have it all his own way, with TalkSport reporting Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are keen on taking him to the Allianz Arena, with manager Jupp Heynckes said to have placed Ayew at the top of his hit list for January.

Last month Ayew, whose current deal runs til 2014, appeared to rule out a move to Arsenal any time soon, saying his future lay in France for now, adding he was keen on erasing the clause in his contract which allowed him to discuss terms with other clubs if a bid over €13 million was forthcoming.

“There were rumours, but I didn't comment. There is a right time for everything. I am fine at Marseille. But indeed it is true foreign clubs were keen to act,” he said.

"If the club wants to extend my contract and erase that clause, we will find a good moment to talk. It is up to the club. If the officials want to start to negotiate, it is up to them."

Reports had previously suggested Wenger would target bringing a new striker to the Emirates with Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh leaving to take part in the African Cup of Nations in January, however the Frenchman ruled out any winter signings up front last week, but added he “would not turn down” a move for a talented player, leaving the door open for a move for the highly rated Ayew.

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