Arsenal must act fast in race for €8m strike starlet

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Arsenal could be forced to act fast in their search for quality strike cover this month, with top target Michy Batshuayi the subject of an €8m bid from German giants Borussia Dortmund late last night.

Batshuayi has been consistently linked with a switch to the Emirates after enjoying a breakthrough campaign in the Belgian top flight with Standard Liege, scoring 14 goals in 21 games so far this term.

Europe's top clubs are all believed to be monitoring the powerful young forward, who at the age of 20 is hoping to follow countrymen Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke off the Belgian conveyor belt of talent into one of the continent's top leagues.

The Gunners have so far kept their interest to a watching brief but Dortmund have proved less hesitant, lodging a formal offer according to German newspaper Sueddeutsche.

Standard are believed to have turned that bid down but are resigned to losing their prized asset over the next 12 months for the right fee, with Dortmund ready to step up their chase for fresh attacking options in light of Robert Lewandowski's impending departure to Bayern Munich.

Arsenal have yet to flex their muscles in the January window but are believed to be actively chasing new recruits, with Theo Walcott's lengthy lay-off compounding an injury list which also currently features Nicklas Bendtner and Aaron Ramsey.

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