Arsenal linked with bizarre move to sign 6ft 8in striker - eight years after initial interest

According to reports in Serbia, Arsenal are set to sign striker Nikola Zigic as cover for Yaya Sanogo following Olivier Giroud's injury.

Arsenal have had a successful transfer window so far, having landed Nice goalkeeper David Ospina, Southampton defender Calum Chambers, Newcastle right back Mathieu Debuchy and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, with manager Arsene Wenger splashing out around £60m to land the quartet.

However, fans have been desperate to see a new striker arrive at the Emirates Stadium, with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Jackson Martinez all linked this summer. Manager Arsene Wenger has so far resisted temptation to buy a new centre forward, but could be forced to delve in to the transfer market after Olivier Giroud suffered what is believed to be a broken ankle, which will rule him out for at least three months.

Again, Cavani has been linked but according to speculation in Serbia, Wenger has other plans - and they involve a bizarre move for former Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic.

The 6ft 8in striker scored just 36 goals in 148 games for Birmingham - one of those being against Arsenal in the 2011 Carling Cup final - and left St. Andrews this summer upon the expiration of his contract. Now, reports in Serbia claim that Zigic will have a medical on Wednesday ahead of signing a one-year deal at the Emirates Stadium as cover for Yaya Sanogo, who is tipped to lead the line in Giroud's absence, and Zigic's agent Milan Calasan claims that Wenger has expressed an interest in his client.

"Wenger called me in the afternoon on Tuesday and stressed the desire to sign Zigic," said Calasan. "He was offered a contract until the end of the year, with an option to extend until the end of 2015. We'll see, everything is for Nikola to decide."

The potential deal - if these rumours are to be believed - would finally see Zigic joining Arsenal, over eight years since the Gunners first registered an interest in his services. As a 25-year-old with Red Star Belgrade, Zigic was highly rated and Red Star even admitted that Arsenal were interested in signing him back in 2006.

Now approaching his 34th birthday, Zigic's struggles with Birmingham showed that he simply doesn't have what it takes to be a threat any more, even with his incredible size.

It still seems unlikely that Zigic would arrive at Arsenal simply because he isn't good enough, but the rumours in Serbia are gathering pace.

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