Andre-Pierre Gignac poised for Marseille contract extension

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Arsene Wenger has been dealt a blow in his alleged pursuit of Andre-Pierre Gignac amid reports that Marseille are set to offer the striker a new one-year contract. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are believed to have already held talks with the 28-year-old over a possible January switch to the Emirates Stadium, but now look set to miss out on the prolific marksman as he closes in on an extension.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Marcelo Bielsa is working hard to negotiate a new deal with Gignac, who is the top scorer in France this season with 10 goals in as many games.

His arrival in north London was with a view to providing competition for Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck at the focal point of the Gunners attack, but Wenger might now have to consider alternative options when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.

Liverpool have also been mooted as admirers of the former Toulouse man, who cost Marseille £13 million when they signed him in 2010.

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