Arsenal & Tottenham chase PSG star

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Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham could be set to go head-to-head for the signing of the same player, with reports suggesting that both sides are interested in Ezequiel Lavezzi.

According to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport cited by French newspaper Le 10 Sport, the Argentine star is unlikely to depart Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain this winter.

However, the same publication also suggests that such a switch cannot be ruled out and that North London foes Arsenal and Tottenham are both interested in acquiring the talented 28-year-old - but could face competition in the form of Rafael Benitez's Napoli and AC Milan.

Lavezzi, who has won 28 senior international caps for his native Argentina and is reportedly valued at around the £15 million mark, joined free-spending PSG from Serie A outfit Napoli in July 2012 yet has frequently struggled to live up to expectations in the French capital.

This season, Lavezzi has notched just one goal in 10 league appearances and his future has become subject to much speculation, with PSG reportedly targeting a move for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata.

Given Tottenham's surprising inadequacies in front of goal so far this season, it would not be difficult to see why manager Andre Villas-Boas might be eager to boost his attacking options in the new year.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will surely be on the lookout for more world-class talent to help sustain a credible title push and Lavezzi could presumably be seen as a potential alternative to in-form French striker Olivier Giroud.

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