Arsenal Nigerian wonderkid target wants England move, Greek goal-machine not for sale

All the morning news from The Emirates, featuring Edin Dzeko, Kostas Mitroglou and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Arsenal are after a new striker in the January transfer window in order to supplement front-man Olivier Giroud, who is currently fighting a lone battle as the striker at The Emirates.

Karim Benzema and Fernando Llorente have recently been the two biggest names linked, but now it seems Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is the number one target for the club.

The Bosnian is keen for more first team football leading in to the World Cup with his nation - as he struggles to get ahead of Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero in the City starting XI.

City would be unwilling to loan the striker to a Premier League rival, so he would cost a big cash sum that Arsene Wenger may not be willing to pay.

Despite it being reported that Nigeria’s Under-17 World Cup superstar Kelechi Iheanacho is in talks with Arsenal, the player himself has now confirmed no such talks have occurred.

Iheanacho’s agent said Arsenal were keen earlier in the week, but it appears no talks have actually been started.

But Iheanacho has given Arsenal a boost, by admitting he wants to start his professional career in England:

"Neither Manchester United nor any other club has ever approached me. Although, I will like to play professional football, I don't need to make any mistake in the choice of club, so I haven't made myself available for any club. I will prefer to start my professional career in England, than any other country in the world."

Meanwhile Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou, an apparent transfer target for Arsenal and Liverpool in January, is not for sale in January.

The Greek international striker is believed to have a release clause in his contract - but Olympiakos sporting director Pierre Issa says they have no desire to sell the player:

“He is vindicating himself and also his talent. He enjoys what he does, he enjoys playing and scoring goals. He is paying back our trust. We have had an impact with Mitroglou, this is normal. We want to keep him at our club for as long as possible."

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