Arsenal reluctant to meet clause for £14m striker

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Arsenal are reportedly reluctant to meet the buyout clause written into the contract of Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, as Arsene Wenger scours the market for goalscoring reinforcements in the January transfer window.

According to The Mirror, the Gunners have made an enquiry for Lopez and hope to sign and hope to sign the Spain international for less than his £14 million release clause.

Arsenal are reported to have repeatedly watched Lopez in action for Atletico Madrid this season, and the Gunners are now trying to work out how a deal can be done without meeting Lopez's contractual stipulation.

Arsene Wenger is in the market for another striker in January with Gervinho set to play in the Africa Cup of Nations and Marouane Chamakh likely to leave the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski to call upon, while Theo Walcott has impressed in a central role, but the Gunners lack numbers in their forward department.

Wenger has also been linked with a January loan deal for Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, but the Gunners manager has since ruled out a move for the New York Red Bulls striker.

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