Wenger has £15m striker on his summer shopping list

Arsene Wenger is set to return to French outfit Lorient for players again this summer, and is preparing a £15million bid to bring in-form striker Kevin Gameiro to the Emirates – according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old was linked with a transfer to West Ham and Tottenham last season, but no move materialised as neither club were prepared to heavily invest on 5ft 8in unproven striker and were uncertain whether he was good enough for the Premier League.

However Gameiro has proved his worth by scoring 15 goals in 22 league games this season, and Arsenal seem to be leading the race to win his signature in the summer, following numerous scouting trips to watch the youngster.

Arsene Wenger already added to his attack in May 2010 by signing Marouane Chamakh on a free transfer, but is looking to further expand his striking options as Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner have both struggled with injuries this season.

Gameiro made his full senior debut for France last year, after being called up by new national manager Laurent Blanc, and looks to continue is international career having scored 43 goals in 93 appearances for Lorient since joining in 2008.

Arsenal have maintained good relations with Lorient, after signing defender Laurent Koscielny for £8m last summer.

Gameiro also enjoyed a three year stint with Strasbourg from 2005-08, notably the same city that Wenger is from.

 


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