Arsenal and Newcastle linked 10 in 11 striker throws punch at team-mate

Marseille Velodrome

Andre-Pierre Gignac has reportedly come to blows with a team-mate at Marseille training.

Over the past few seasons plenty of teams have been linked with moves for French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. The tall, strong and mobile centre forward has been on the radar of English clubs such as Arsenal and Newcastle United for many years - ever since he made his breakthrough at Toulouse.

In recent times much of that interest has cooled. But he has been gradually improving year on year at current club Marseille - and already has 10 goals in 11 games this season.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season Arsenal and Newcastle are again said to be keen on his signature.

It was even stated by Vincent Labrune, the club president, that Gignac could leave.

He told the press earlier this week:

"It's going to happen because employer contributions and taxes have gone through the roof in France. We would like to keep him, but it seems to me utopian to think that he will lower his salary to stay with us."

But now it looks as though a move really could be on, after reports of a training ground bust-up between Gignac and Brice Dja Djedje.

It is believed the two came to blows before training, with Gignac reportedly throwing a punch at the Ivorian international.

The striker has since taken to Twitter with a series of rants about the issue...

"Some think that I defended an opponent's humiliating for me! I just asked him to stay focused and think! It was explained! Incident closed! I no friends on the field except my teammates! It may be questioned it is shameful!"

It seems Gignac's Marseille days are coming to an end. What remains to be seen is whether Arsenal or Newcastle can snap him up.

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