Arsenal & Tottenham face new competition from London rivals for £15m hitman

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If Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal are planning to bring Olympique de Marseille frontman Michy Batshuayi to London, they may have to see off competition from Crystal Palace.

The two North London rivals are understood to be monitoring the OM striker according to the Telegraph, with both Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger considering the player ahead of a potential January move.

The explosive Batshuayi would be an intriguing alternative option to either Theo Walcott or Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium, while Spurs’ over-reliance on Harry Kane was once again exposed on Saturday as they were defeated 2-1 at home by Newcastle United.

Chelsea have also been tipped to make a move for the Belgium international, with Fichajes [via the Metro] reporting that Jose Mourinho was eyeing the ex-Standard Liege frontman as a potential replacement for out-of-sorts hitman Diego Costa.

However, the three London giants face competition from their city rivals Palace, with The Sun [via Le 10 Sport] reporting on Sunday that Alan Pardew is also eyeing a move for the attacker.

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The report states that the Eagles are ready to offer £15 million to pry the forward away from the Stade Velodrome, although the Metro [as above] have previously noted that OM president Vincent Labrune is looking for £24.5 million for the player, raising doubts about whether Palace’s bid would be accepted.

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