Arsenal are continuing their search for another striker after revelations that Arsene Wenger is tracking the Euro 2012 Russian sensation, Alan Dzagoev.
The Daily Star claims that German newspaper Bild, reported that Arsenal are ready to make a £13m bid to acquire the player who currently plays for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev’s contract ends in December making it more likely that the Russian club would accept the offer.
Alan Dzagoev has sparked interest from Europe’s top clubs after his great start to Euro 2012. He’s scored 3 goals in his first 2 games in the tournament as he helps Russia progress. The 21 year old has scored 26 goals for CSKA Moscow since joining them in 2008.
Arsenal are looking to strengthen their squad with the signing of German striker Lukas Podolski already complete and Oliver Giroud in the pipeline.
West Ham United could trigger the £1m release clause of Yakubu Aiyegbeni from Blackburn Rovers. The Sun reports he will make a return to the Premiership to the newly promoted side.
Sam Allardyce, sacked by Blackburn Rovers in 2011, might see this as getting ‘one over’ on his successor Steve Kean as he looks to build a squad ready for the coming season. This will be ‘Big Sam’s’ second signing from a relegated side after signing goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from Bolton Wanderers on a free Transfer.
At the age of 29, Yakubu, a Nigerian striker, could see this as his last transfer in football. He has previously played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Leicester City scoring a total of 114 goals.
According to the BBC, Arsenal could announce the arrival of French Striker Olivier Giroud as early as this week. Giroud is currently with the French squad for Euro 2012.
The Frenchman’s manager at Montpellier, Rene Girard, was quoted on RMC, a French radio station, saying “Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsene agrees with the president, he will sign for them.”
It is understood that Arsene Wenger wants Giroud to partner both new acquisition, Lukas Podolski and crowd favourite Robin Van Persie to form a new front line at the Emirates.
Giroud scored 21 goals from 36 appearances for Montpellier last season, including 2 hat-tricks in the French Lique 1.
The deal is believed to be around £12m.