Arsenal could sign West Ham-linked goal-machine in the ‘coming hours’

Arsenal could sign Toulouse’s in-form striker Wissam Ben Yedder within the “coming hours”, according to Canal+’s Ludo Deroin.

The Gunners have been on the lookout for a centre-forward for much of the summer, but have so far baulked at Lyon’s £50m valuation of Alexandre Lacazette and slipped behind Juventus in the race for Gonzalo Higuain.

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With Olivier Giroud likely to miss the start of the season after a lengthy EURO 2016 with France, Arsene Wenger is growing increasingly desperate for at least one attacking addition, and Deroin has claimed that Ben Yedder is a serious target.

He tweeted: “Wissam Ben Yedder should sign for Arsenal or Sevilla in the coming hours.”

Although Deroin, an expert on African and Ligue 1 football, highlights Sevilla as an option, it’s worth noting that the Europa League winners are closing in on a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Luciano Vietto, who also operates as a striker.

Ben Yedder may be a somewhat underwhelming target, but the 25-year-old smashed a staggering 17 goals in 35 league appearances for Toulouse last season, which is a mightily impressive tally considering his club side only narrowly avoided relegation.

The three-cap France U-21 international has also been aligned with West Ham in recent days.