As Arsenal’s proposed big money transfer of Schalke's Julian Daxter looks to have hit the skids, the Gunners approach deadline day still light in the striking department.
With Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner ruled out with injury, Arsenal are desperate for a natural forward to come in and support French international striker Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal's attempts to loan-in Mirko Vucinic from Juventus also looks to have failed, due to the player wishing to remain in Turin – whilst Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata seems set on staying in Madrid, despite often being second choice at the Bernabeu.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal have also been linked with a move for ex-Chelsea forward Saloman Kalou. The striker left Chelsea in the summer of 2012 after winning the European Champions League, and has since gone on to become a regular goalscorer for former French champions Lille.
The Ivory Coast star has scored seven goals in 21 Ligue 1 starts this term, helping the club into the Champions League places ahead of Lyon and Marseille, and it is reported that the striker has a release clause of £2.5m written into his contract – a figure which will no doubt attract a number of clubs.
Le10sport has, however, quoted Lille coach Rene Girard speaking on RMC radio ruling out a possible deadline day transfer:
'For Salomon Kalou, as this summer is important, the player's wishes to remain have been respected.
'He knows where his is now and he will be able to prepare well for the World Cup in Brazil and finish the season on a high', he said.
Kalou, it seems, is staying put too.
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