Arsenal & Spurs Set To Battle It Out For £14.4m Spanish Ace Adrian Lopez

Both north London rivals readying bids as Spaniard’s new contract talks stall with Atletico Madrid.

Spanish forward Adrian Lopez looks set to leave Atletico Madrid after talks stalled on a new contract, paving the way for Arsenal and Tottenham to make a move.

The 24-year-old striker formed a hugely successful partnership with Colombian hot-property Radamel Falcao at Atletico last season after coming into the team ahead of former Arsenal striker Jose Antonio Reyes.

He helped the side to the Europa League Title as they beat fellow-Spanish side Athletic Bilbao, drawing the attention of a number of Europe’s top clubs.

Lopez was part of the Spain U21 side which triumphed in the UEFA Eropean Under-21 Championships last summer and his form saw him make the step-up to a full international debut, in a friendly against Serbia in May 2012.

With news that his contract talks have stalled, as reported by talkSPORT, Arsenal and Tottenham are both expected to make a move for him in January, with the player thought to be available for around £14m – the fee required to meet his buy-out clause.

Arsenal are keen to add another striker to their ranks after new-boy Olivier Giroud has struggled to fill the large boots of last season’s top goalscorer Robin Van Persie and Wenger believes Lopez is the man who can take the Gunners forward.

However, he is likely to face stiff competition from bitter North London rivals Spurs who would also like to add the young Spaniard to their ranks, with Andre Villas-Boas eyeing him as his long-term front man to lead the line at White Hart Lane.

Lopez has made 36 appearances for Atletico, scoring 7 goals.

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