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Arsenal Lead Chase for £13m Forward Who Could Be Ideal Strike Partner for Van Persie

Emirates Stadium side keen on in-form Ligue 1 striker.

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Montpellier have reportedly increased Olivier Giroud’s buy-out clause to €16 million (£13.4 million) in a bid to avoid losing the forward on the cheap in the summer.

The France international was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle during the January transfer window but no official approach was made to the Ligue 1 leaders, while Arsenal are also believed to be monitoring his situation closely.

Montpellier, though, are bracing themselves for concrete offers in the summer and, according to France Football, have now decided to raise Giroud’s buy-out clause, which had previously stood at €10m (£8.4m).

SOURCE: Goal.com

A fee of £13.4m in today’s market would be a fairly tempting amount to pay for a player of Olivier Giroud’s potential. The 25 year old French international has come on leaps and bounds since taken the step up to Ligue 1 level, netting 14 goals in his first season at Montpellier and banging in 20 goals in 27 appearances thus far this term, making his side seemingly the only challengers to big spending PSG.

His good form has led to international recognition and Giroud may well be in Laurent Blanc’s Euro 2012 Finals squad, a factor that could lead to Arsene Wenger making a move sooner rather than later for the former Tours man.

Giroud is a rangy forward, standing at almost 6ft 4in tall he could well be well suited to the physical demands of the Premier League. Given that neither Marouane Chamakh or Gervinho have offered Arsenal a genuine source of goals, leaving Robin Van Persie carrying the load up front, a move for the Arsenal target seems fairly plausible.

This source suggests that Arsenal’s main competitors in the race for Giroud are Newcastle United, but since Alan Pardew snapped up Papiss Cisse last month there seems less of a need for further firepower at St James’ Park, perhaps leaving the way open for a move for a player who could well prove a very able striker partner for Van Persie.

Indeed given that the player is French and not a household name, two factors that can generally considered to be Wenger transfer target traits, a move for the Montpellier man may well be ideal.

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