Toulouse demand big bucks for Gignac

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s search for a striker during the January transfer window looks set to roll on after Toulouse slapped a £12 million price tag on goal-getter Andre-Pierre Gignac, also a reported target of Manchester United.

The French international led the scoring charts in Ligue 1 last season with 24 goals and is reportedly high on the Gunners' wish-list, according to the Daily Mail.

Wenger has also been linked with moves for Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh and Inter Milan youngster Mario Balotelli as possible replacements for the sidelined Robin van Persie.

The Dutch striker is expected to be out for five months after suffering ankle ligament damage and ‘The Professor’ is keen to fill the void to boost the Gunners' chances of ending the season with some silverware.

Arsenal have stuttered in recent weeks and failed to score in lacklustre defeats against Sunderland and league leaders Chelsea, which has left Wenger’s side 11 points off the pace in the title race.

The Frenchman has now reportedly turned his attentions to Gignac, with Balotelli and Chamakh likely to be staying at their respective clubs.

However, it is believed Toulouse will not settle for anything less than £12 million, putting the Londoners’ financial strength to the test again early in 2010.