Arsenal And Newcastle United On Alert As Ligue 1 Top Scorer Looks Set To Move On

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Andre Pierre Gignac is out of contract at Marseille at the end of the season.

Arsenal and Newcastle United’s ears have pricked up, report the Mirror, with French Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Marseille admitting that they are unlikely to be able to keep hold of top goalscorer Andre-Pierre Gignac at the end of the season.

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Gignac has scored 10 goals in 11 games for Marcelo Bielsa’s side so far this season, as they have raced to the top of the table and equaled a club record of eight consecutive victories before being pegged back this week with a 1-0 defeat away against fellow in-form side Lyon.

Both Arsenal and Newcastle are believed to be interested in Gignac, who is set to be available on a free transfer at the end of the season and unlikely to extend his contract at the Stade Velodrome, with Marseille having to cut their offer due to changes in the French tax system.

With both clubs known for their extensive scouting knowledge of France, they are likely to be well aware of the talents of Gignac, and could certainly do with another goalscoring option in attack after less than ideal performances at the start of the 2014/15 season from both teams, with Newcastle in particular lacking a regular goalscorer in attack, despite Ayoze Perez scoring on his first start against Tottenham this weekend.

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