Sochaux are understood to be ready to battle Middlesbrough for Jeremie Aliadiere's services.
Aliadiere is thought to be keen to play regular first-team football after a number of years on the fringes at Arsenal.
Boro made a move for the young Frenchman last month, which was knocked back by The Gunners.
However, Gareth Southgate is believed to have made a fresh bid, but may now face competition to land the 23-year-old.
According to L'Equipe, Sochaux are one of a host of Ligue 1 clubs hoping to take Aliadiere to France.
But Sochaux are not thought to have made an official offer to Arsenal for the starlet at present.