Raul de Tomas goal celebration during the match between RCD Espanyol and Real Betis Balompie, corresponding to the week 22 of the Liga Santander, played at the RCDE Stadium, in Barcelona, on 21th January 2022. — (Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have joined Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United and West Ham United in the race for Raul de Tomas, according to AS.

AS have reported that Arsenal have joined Leeds, West Ham and Leicester City in the race for Espanyol striker De Tomas.

The Gunners have identified the former Real Madrid man as a potential alternative to Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

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The report in the Spanish publication has claimed that Arsenal have been scouting the 27-year-old striker for a long time.

Espanyol are aware of interest from Arsenal in De Tomas and will not sell the former Real Madrid man for anything less than his release clause of €70 million (£58.76 million).

Would Raul de Tomas make Arsenal or Leeds better?

In our view, De Tomas would be a good signing for Arsenal or Leeds in the January transfer window, at least for the short term.

The Spain international striker has scored 12 goals and provided two assists in 21 La Liga games for Espanyol so far this season.

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The Espanyol striker is outscoring Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez, who has scored seven goals and given one assist in 20 league games this season.

Arsenal need a new striker in the January transfer window, especially if Arteta is not going to use Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Patrick Bamford has been suffering with injury problems, which means that Leeds need a quality striker for the second half of the season to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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