Arsenal or Spurs - who needs Pato more?

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Rumours are rife that Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato could be set to join the Premier League during the January transfer window, with North London a possible destination.

The former AC Milan player signed for Brazilian club Corinthians on a four-year deal worth £12.2 million earlier this year, and since then he has scored eight goals in 24 appearances.

But Pato has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur showed an interest in signing him during the summer.

"I have received offers," he told La Stampa, "Tottenham have called Corinthians, but I sat down with the owners (of the club) and my agent and I told them that I wanted to stay."

His view may well have changed by the start of the new year though, and reports suggest that Arsene Wenger is set to join the race to sign the Brazilian.

The Arsenal manager reportedly sees Pato as the ideal man to bolster his attacking options and ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud.

While the Frenchman has been in a fine vein of form this season - scoring seven goals in 12 games - the absences of Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Theo Walcott have made the Gunners over-reliant on their talisman.

Out-of-favour Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner started in the Capital One Cup fourth round tie against Chelsea last night, but his future at the Emirates remains uncertain.

Pato, on the other hand, could prove to be just the player required to help Arsenal challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Wenger was reportedly provided with a £100 million transfer kitty this summer, and having only spent £42.5 million of that on Mesut Ozil, will no doubt have more to spend in January.

Spurs on the other hand seem less likely to make a move for Pato now, having splashed the cash on Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue in the summer transfer window.

And with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe at the club, manager Andre Villas-Boas has a number of attacking options available.

If the Tottenham boss were to offload either of Adebayor or Defoe then he could be in the market for a new striker, but for now Pato's most likely destination seems to be Arsenal.

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