According to a report by the Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio, Arsenal have sent head scout Tony Banfild to watch over St. Pauli striker Ante Budimir who is currently on loan at Serie B side Crotone.
The Gunners aren’t renowned for doing much business in January, yet the situation could change this season with the club second in the Premier League table and light in certain areas.
Arsene Wenger’s side are currently blighted with injuries at present, and in order to maintain their hopes of winning the title this season some argue an addition or two must be made.
Reports coming out of Italy today suggest that the club are monitoring St. Pauli striker Ante Budimir carefully as scout Tony Banfild goes to watch the former Croatia U21 international in action.
One snag, however, is that his loan spell at Crotone lasts the season therefore unless in the event of a unlikely recall, Arsenal are looking at him as a long-term solution and not a January option.
Budimir’s career has taken somewhat of a rapid upward trajectory this season as he struggled to make an impact in Germany last year and was seemingly sent out on loan.
Described as a tall, strong centre-forward with good technique, drawing comparisons in style to Dimitar Berbatov, Budimir has added goals to his game this season with seven strikes in Serie B.
At 24, he could be considered as a late developer but one whose talents are certainly making an impact as a number of other foreign clubs are also monitoring his progress.