Report claims Arsenal will rival Leicester for 17-goal La Liga hotshot

The Gunners are thought to be ready the newly-crowned champions for Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez.

Much has been made this season about Arsenal's need to reinforce their attacking options, and according to a report from Goal, they have earmarked Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez as a primary target.

The 27-year-old is enjoying a fine campaign with the La Liga side after joining on a permanent deal last summer following a loan spell, and has hit 17 goals in 35 league games.

The striker has also played in Ukraine and Greece and has allegedly set his sights on making a move to the Premier League this summer.

A versatile forward who can come in off the left wing as well as playing centrally, reports from Spain at the back end of last year suggested that the Gunners were already scouting the player with a view to a move in January or the summer.

Arsene Wenger is likely to feel his side needs attacking reinforcements with Danny Welbeck having spent the majority of the season injured, Theo Walcott struggling desperately for form, and Olivier Giroud goign nearly four months between January and last weekend without scoring in the league.

Goal claims that Deportivo are unwilling to let their star leave mid-season, but a significant offer from the North Londoners may tempt the Spanish club into cashing on their prized asset.

However, the report also also reiterates a claim made earlier this week that Leicester are also interested in bringing the Spaniard to England as they prepare for unprecedented challenges next season.

If offers do come in from both clubs, it will be interesting to see which emerges as Perez's preferred destination, with both clubs offering the lure of Champions League football.

The Foxes are the newly-crowned champions and about to embark upon a first-ever adventure as a top side, whilst Arsenal, with their consistent status as a top-four side, are traditionally one of the more appealing clubs for foreign stars looking to move to England.

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