Arsenal & Tottenham target to make future call

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Arsenal and Tottenham striker target Ciprian Marica is set to announce the identity of his new club "by the end of next week", the player has confirmed.

The 27-year-old forward is available on a free transfer after his contract with Bundesliga outfit Schalke expired at the end of last season,

Despite struggling to find the back of the net on a regular basis in Gelsenkirchen, Marica has no shortage of potential suitors, with the Romanian international boasting an impressive strike rate for his country.

Reports have linked West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham with a move for the out-of-contract star, while Getafe and Fiorentina have also been credited with an interest.

And Marica has revealed that he's hoping to announce the identity of his new club "by the end of next week", as he continues to weigh up all the options available to him.

He told a press conference on Thursday: "I am in negotiations with three teams.

"I hope I will be able to tell you the name of my next team by the end of next week."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been keen to bolster his front line having failed in his attempts to bring Chelsea striker Demba Ba to the Emirates on transfer deadline day.

The Gunners have started the season in fine fettle, but an injury to Olivier Giroud would leave Wenger with very few options in attack - and Marica is seen as the ideal candidate to provide a short-term solution to Arsenal's striking dilemma.

Meanwhile, across north London, Andre Villas-Boas has been on the lookout for attacking reinforcements, with Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe the only genuine options at present.

The Tottenham boss has told Emmanuel Adebayor to train away from the first-team, leaving AVB in need of a new striker.

And Marica is reportedly on Spurs' wish-list, with the player able to move to White Hart Lane outside of the transfer window as he's a free agent.

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