Arsenal plot January raid on long-term Real Madrid striker target

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Arsenal are once again being linked with a move for Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Morata.

The 20-year-old striker has been on the Emirates Stadium radar for two years, according to The Daily Mirror, and the paper reports that Arsene Wenger is hoping to secure the player’s services in north London in January.

Wenger attempted to lure Morata to the Gunners on loan earlier in the year, but missed out on a short-term deal, according to the report. The former Spanish U19 international has since been promoted from the ‘B’ team to the senior side at the Santiago Bernabeu, and scored his first goal for Los Blancos in their 2-1 win over Levante last weekend.

However, the Arsenal boss remains keen, and believes he could secure a transfer coup when the transfer window reopens in 2013, despite the player's personal promotion up the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.

The Gunners lack options in-front of goal this season, with Olivier Giroud and Marouane Chamakh the club’s only ‘true’ senior striker. Lukas Podolski and Gervinho have also filled the forward position this season, whilst Theo Walcott is eager for a chance through the middle.

Moratta is already showing his huge potential in the position however, and Arsenal will hope they can secure another signing for the future if the opportunity arises in January.

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