Arsenal & Chelsea target reveals Premier League ambition

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Arsenal and Chelsea have been offered hope in their alleged pursuit of Jackson Martinez, after the Porto striker revealed he used to support both London clubs as a child, reports the Daily Star.

The Colombia international also said that he would welcome the opportunity to play in the Premier League, prompting a raft of speculation that Martinez could leave Estadio do Dragao in January.

"Where would I like to play?" he said. "When I was a child I rooted for Chelsea and Arsenal.

"I think the best championships are La Liga, the Premier League and Bundesliga, which has grown much in recent years.

"But I also really like Serie A and have many friends in Italy."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the 27-year-old to the Emirates Stadium, as he continues his search for striker reinforcements when the transfer window reopens.

With Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner currently Arsenal's only first-choice options in attack, that position has been outlined as the one needing to be strengthened at the turn of the year.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are also believed to be admirers of Martinez, ever since Jose Mourinho was spotted running the rule over the prolific marksman during Colombia's recent 2-0 victory over Belgium.

The poor form of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba has led to rumours the Blues will return to the transfer market, in an attempt to add a world-class striker to their Stamford Bridge ranks in January.

And, with 38 goals in 44 appearances for Porto - including 12 in 14 Portuguese Primeira Liga games this season - Martinez seems to fit the bill.

He is under contract until 2016, but possesses a £34million buyout clause that can be activated by clubs in January.

"My £34million buy-out clause seems a huge amount," Martinez added humbly. "In one year my value has exploded. I did not expect to do so well."

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