Arsenal line up prolific La Liga striker after missing out on Remy - report

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After failing to hijack Chelsea's bid to sign QPR striker Loic Remy, Arsene Wenger has reportedly turned his attention to Sevilla's Carlos Bacca.

The Gunners struggled to a 1-1 draw against Leicester City today, with Arsenal's lack of firepower once again coming back to haunt them. Striker Olivier Giroud suffered a broken ankle this week and could be ruled out until the start of 2015, leaving Arsenal with just one recognised centre forward currently available in Yaya Sanogo.

Sanogo was totally ineffectual against the Foxes today, and whilst the likes of Lukas Podolski, Alexis Sanchez or Joel Campbell could play up front in an emergency, it still seems clear that manager Arsene Wenger needs to be searching for another centre forward ahead of tomorrow's transfer deadline.

It became apparent that Wenger has acknowledged that fact with a late enquiry for QPR striker Loic Remy, only for Premier League and London rivals Chelsea to pip them to the Frenchman's signature. That means that other targets must be pursued and Sevilla's Carlos Bacca is reportedly the latest name on the club's shortlist.

Bacca, 27, only joined the La Liga side from Club Brugge last summer in a €7m deal, and he impressed immediately, scoring 21 goals in all competitions as he replaced Alvaro Negredo following the Spaniard's big money move to Manchester City.

Whilst he didn't play a big part in Colombia's run to the quarter finals of the World Cup, Bacca established himself as one of the top strikers in Europe last season and had reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Atletico Madrid, Everton and Zenit St. Petersburg.

Remy cost Chelsea around £8m according to reports, and now speculation suggests that Sevilla will only be demanding £12.5m for Bacca, who could certainly help Arsenal's attack - if a deal can be concluded before Monday's transfer deadline.

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