Arsenal's search for a striker continues as Arsene Wenger looks to Japanese forward Takuma Asano following Jamie Vardy's decision to snub a move to the Emirates.
According to the Mirror, the Gunners boss is expected to finalise a deal for the 21-year-old in the coming days.
Wenger is looking to bolster his attacking options despite finishing second in the Premier League last season. However, his side found the back of the net the fewest times of any side in the top four in the division.
Frenchman Olivier Giroud is the only recognised front man in the playing squad, and scored just short of a quarter of the side's league goal in the 2015-16 season. Meanwhile Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott, who were often deployed as forwards endured injury hit campaigns, with rumours circulating that Walcott may be set for a move away from North London.
Although not the high profile name that Arsenal fans may expect, the Japanese forward would add firepower, netting 11 times in 56 club career games already, winning the J. League Rookie of the Year last season.
The budding prospect's form at Hiroshima saw him rewarded with an international call up in 2015, and scored his first goal on his fourth appearance for Japan last month in a 7-2 win over Bulgaria.
His statistics would make him a welcome signing at the Emirates, however Gunners fans will still expect Wenger to add the high profile names the club have been linked with, to his front line.
Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi has been rumoured with a move to North London, whilst the Mirror report that Arsenal's pursuit of Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette may fall through as the Premier League side deem the valuation of the forward to be astronomical.
When you're linked with Aubamayeng/Benzema/Lacazetta/ Higuain then *Takuma Asano*😭https://t.co/w117G0TvV0— ozil_facts (@ozil_facts) June 30, 2016