Arsenal goal-machine target leaves Tottenham defender on brink of elimination

Kostas Mitroglou just cannot stop scoring. No wonder Arsenal and Liverpool want him, after he left Vlad Chiriches' Romania on the brink of elimination.

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.

But another, more cost effective option has also been mentioned.

Earlier this month Liverpool and Arsenal were heavily linked with Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou - and the form he is in you can understand why.

The centre forward has been scoring goals for fun this season, with a grand total of 17 goals across all competitions including a sensational hat-trick against Anderlecht in the Champions League recently.

In truth, he has been threatening to break through like this for a while now - his form for the Greek under-21 side for instance really caught the eye.

But for the German raised striker it was a loan spell with Atromitos in 2011-12 that really saw him come good - and now he looks like becoming the finished article at Olympiakos after a magnificent turn of form - including a recent goal against Panathinaikos in the ‘Derby of the Eternal Enemies’.

And last night he continued scoring in important games - as he put Tottenham Hotspur’s Vlad Chiriches’ Romania to the sword in a World Cup qualifying playoff, although Chiriches was injured for the game.

He bagged the first with a calm volley after beating the offside trap and then, after Romania had equalised and former Portsmouth forward Dimitris Salpingidis had given Greece the lead once again it was Mitroglou who scored what could be a vital third - with yet another well controlled finish - this time on the half-volley...

He reportedly has a release clause of £8 million in his deal with the Greek outfit - but they remain adamant he is not for sale in January - with Olympiakos sporting director Pierre Issa saying 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."

It seems the interest in his talents will now have increased even more, and Olympiakos may in fact struggle to keep their goal-machine.

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