Would Arsenal take 14-goal French Drogba for under £10m?

Olympique Lyonnais

As a short-term deal should Arsenal make a move for Bafetimbi Gomis?

Arsenal have aspirations to sign Julian Draxler before the transfer window closes, but how prepared are they to put all their eggs in one basket?

If they have a back-up plan then it's a case of second guessing, but they would be advised to move for a player who they would be certain to get at short notice. And there are not many of those about.

One who is 'buyable', and could potentially make an impact is Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

The powerful striker is known as the French Drogba, and is enjoying a strong season in Ligue 1 at a club he had appeared destined to leave in the summer.

Rumoured offers from Newcastle and Swansea never materialised, but he has put it behind him to score 14 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season.

Yet talk regarding his departure has continued this month, after the player himself revealed he is learning English to aid him in case of any eventual Premier League move.

And here's the kicker for Arsenal or any interested club heading into the final days of the transfer window - Gomis' contract expires in the summer, meaning they could get him now for a knockdown price under £10 million.

The striker is in excellent form, with four goals in his last six appearances, although it is compatriot and teammate Alexandre Lacazette who was earlier this month rumoured to have stoked Arsene Wenger's interest - but he will be more difficult to prise away and costlier.

Gomis scored 21 goals for Lyon last season, and 25 the season before that - and clearly knows where the net is. At 28 he may be the type of experienced forward Arsenal should look to bring in on a short-term deal to cover Olivier Giroud and add depth to their options.

He would allow Arsenal to save their transfer funds if they are unsuccessful in pursuit of Draxler, to put towards his release clause in the summer, yet still spend a small amount and sign a striker who it could be hoped could fire them towards silverware this season.

With Arsene Wenger's former player Remi Garde in charge at Lyon, with days running out until the transfer window closes, the Arsenal manager could do worse than get in touch.

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