Arsenal keen on Spurs striker target

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Arsenal have joined the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker target Alexandre Pato, according to reports.

Italian publication Sport Mediaset claims Arsene Wenger is 'willing to bet' on the Brazil international, with the Gunners chief potentially the man to bring 'the duck' back to Europe.

Pato left AC Milan for Corinthians back in January, with the Serie 'A' side cutting their losses on the injury-prone forward in a €15million deal.

However, the 24-year-old has recently been linked with a move away from the Brazilian outfit, and The Daily Express reported over the weekend that Tottenham Hotspur were plotting a move for the forward.

Andre Villas-Boas did try to bring the player to White Hart Lane in the summer, the player claimed, but the Spurs boss was unsuccessful in his pursuit.

"I received offers, they called Corinthians, sent a fax, to sign me in the window, but I sat down with the staff, talked with my agent and I told them I wanted to stay," Pato told Sportv at the time, in relation to the Tottenham Hotspur transfer pursuit.

Despite missing out, and subsequently signing Roberto Soldado, the speculation suggests Spurs could yet move again as AVB looks to strengthen his attack.

If they do, then competition appears to be coming in the shape of their north London rivals, as Arsenal look to improve their own forward line.

Olivier Giroud has made a fine start to the season for the Emirates Stadium outfit, but the Gunners lack depth behind the Frenchman, with Nicklas Bendtner their secondary option.

And, Pato could be the man for Wenger as Arsenal look to maintain their title challenge, with the player also eligible for the Champions League if he is lured to the club.

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