Arsenal striker search takes an unexpected twist - reports

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Arsenal are reportedly considering an approach for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe as they look to add a proven goalscorer to their ranks during the transfer window.

According to The Mirror, the Defoe could cross the north London divide after becoming an increasingly peripheral figure at White Hart Lane.

Defoe started only 16 times in the league for Spurs last season and could find opportunities more frequent at the Emirates Stadium, should Arsenal formalise their alleged interest in the 27-year-old.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is known to be after a top-class attacker in order to remove the goalscoring burden from Robin Van Persie, and is scouring the market for a potential partner for the Dutchman.

The Arsenal No.10 was in sensational form during the second half of the season, but Wenger knows he is unlikely to have the 27-year-old fully fit for an entire campaign.


This could seemingly lead Arsenal to make a move for Defoe, who has the benefit of being an experienced Barclays Premier League performer, while he gains extra points from playing in the Champions League during the last campaign.

The England hotshot's exit could be hastened by Spurs' own activity in the transfer market, with Harry Redknapp said to be keen to reshuffle his forward pack with at least two summer acquisitions.

Spurs have been linked with a whole host of potential signings, including Chelsea marksman Didier Drogba and Manchester United flop Diego Forlan.

Brazilian youngster Leandro Damiao is also on the radar of Spurs, but Arsenal are supposedly keeping a close eye on his situation at Internacional.

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