Arsenal and Tottenham will be on the alert after Sochaux’s France midfielder Marvin Martin suggested he is willing to try his luck in a foreign league.
In an interview with France Football, the playmaker said he is ready to move abroad and hinted that a move could even be finalised before the start of Euro 2012.
A host of clubs are said to be eyeing up the 24-year-old, who has scored two goals in ten caps for his country and, at 22/1, is tenth favourite to be France’s top scorer at the summer tournament.
Fenerbahce and Borussia Dortmund are both thought to be keen, while the Gunners and Spurs will lead the chase to bring Martin to the Premier League.
Both have been linked with the player in the past and will be heartened to hear his apparent readiness to leave the club he has been attached to for the last decade.
The Gunners are fancied to finish higher than Spurs next season, with Arsene Wenger’s men odds-on at 1/2 to finish in the top four.
“I’m ready to go play overseas, but I have not made a decision about my future,’ Martin told France Football.
“I know there has been contact but I’m 100 per cent focused on France and the Euros.
“I do not know if something can be done before the Euros. If not, we will wait and see how things develop.’
Arsenal will presumably hold the upper hand in negotiations given their status as a Champions League entrant, with Tottenham having missed out on a place on next season’s competition after Chelsea secured the trophy in Munich earlier in the month.
The Gunners are fancied to finish higher than Spurs next season, too, with Arsene Wenger’s men odds-on at 1/2 to finish in the top four.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are at odds of 31/20, which puts them behind Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal in the race for a top four spot.
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