Spurs face battle with Italian giants over Andre-Pierre Gignac

After scoring 10 goals in 13 games, Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is attracting attention from teams all over Europe.

Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is one of the hottest strikers in Europe at the moment, and it looks like Tottenham Hotspur have some competition for his signature, be it in January or when his contract expires in the summer.

Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Inter Milan are also interested in signing the French centre-forward.

In the first 13 games of the season, Gignac has scored 10 goals in 13 games, earning him a recall to the France national team setup. His goals have helped Marseille climb to the top of the table under Marcelo Bielsa, and despite their 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain they still lead last year’s title winners by a single point.

Marseille would be reluctant to let Gignac leave on a free in the summer, but with his wage demands seemingly out of OM’s budget, a move this January would help the side make something back on the striker they paid Toulouse €16 million for back in 2010.

News broke yesterday that Marseille president Vincent Labrune, along with other officials past and present, were arrested in relation to supposed illicit commissions surrounding Gignac’s transfer.

This complication won’t affect the striker’s ability to star for Marseille, and the player himself is not accused of any wrongdoing.

Both Inter and Spurs are looking for a new striker to join their attack. The Italian side are now under the guidance of former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini and the Italian boss will want to put his own stamp on his new side.

Mauro Icardi is currently Inter’s top scorer with seven out of the team’s 17 goals this season. Pablo Osvaldo has scored four, but the Italian is only on loan from Southampton. Any move for Gignac would cost less than a permanent deal for Osvaldo.

It is rumoured that the French striker would be looking for a salary of around €3 million a year and Marseille could be tempted to part with their top scorer for less than €4 million.

Spurs have been let down by the form of both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, with young English striker Harry Kane the only forward at the club who has impressed this season.

Gignac’s style would fit both the Premier League and Serie A, and it is clear that Marseille are in for a fight to hold on to their star man this January.

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