Arsenal are retaining a strong interest in acquiring the services of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in January, according to the Daily Mail.
The French forward, who is valued at around €33million by his club, has been linked with an exit from the Bernabeu in order to seek a fresh challenge.
Arsene Wenger was believed to be keeping tabs on him over the summer to no avail, but, following an indifferent start to the season in which the 25-year-old has come under strong criticism from the fans, wants to return in January to complete a deal.
The Gunners' need for another striker is pertinently clear for all to see. Whilst Olivier Giroud has started this campaign in good form, his understudies- namely Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo- aren't good enough to fill in for him when needed, and Wenger understands he needs to address this if his side are expected to maintain their title tilt.
Benzema, who is regarded as one of the most prolific attackers in Europe, is thought to want wages close to €180,000 a week, but this shouldn't be a problem as Arsenal have a reported £70million to put towards improvement in the winter transfer window.