Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, according to French radio station RMC.
The 25-year-old netted an impressive 21 goals in 36 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, helping his side to the domestic title, whilst also attracting attention from a host of admirers.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has identified Giroud as his primary transfer target this summer, and is prepared to offer Marouane Chamakh in a player-plus-cash deal, to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
Newcastle United, Tottenham and QPR have also been credited with an interest in the French forward, who could line up against England in tonight's Euro 2012 Group D clash in Donetsk, but it's Arsenal who remain the Premier League frontrunners for his signature.
Additional interest from Germany (Bayern Munich) and Spain (Atletico Madrid and Malaga) could prompt a bidding war, and allow Montpellier to hike up the striker's asking price close to his £12.8million minimum fee release clause.
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