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Swiss defender says he has watched the Lille striker and feels he has the ability to play for the Gunners, who could face stiff competition from arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou wants the club to sign Lille star Gervinho, describing him as a ‘great, great talent’ - though Tottenham have already had a bid rejected for the Ivory Coast international.

Gervinho impressed hugely for Lille this season as they won the French title and French Cup, and has attracted interest from Premier League clubs, though it appears north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are set to battle it out for his signature.

The Gunners' Swiss centre-back Djourou is keen for Arsenal to once again challenge for the top honours and believes Gervinho would be an ideal signing.

"I have followed a bit of the French league this season and I have to say Gervinho is a great player," said Djourou at an event for his Kemi Malaika Foundation in Senegal.

"I have known him for a long time and he is just a great player … quick, with so much talent and good skills.

“He is a great, great talent and we need that because he can play as a striker, as a No.10 or on the wing. He has all the ingredients to play for Arsenal, that is a definite."

Tottenham have already had a £10.6million bid rejected for the 24-year-old Ivorian, and it is unclear whether Arsenal are willing to match Tottenham’s offer.

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