Arsenal striker wanted on permanent deal

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Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis concedes he may consider attempting to recruit on-loan Arsenal striker Chuks Aneke on a permanent basis as the youngster fits with the system in place at Gresty Road.

Aneke is in his second successive campaign with the Alex and as contributed a total of 18 goals and 11 appearances in 82 appearances, while he helped the club clinch the Football League Trophy last term.

It remains unclear whether or not Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would consider allowing Aneke to leave the Emirates Stadium for good come the end of the season, but it is an avenue of possibility Crewe are willing to consider.

"Signing Chuks on a permanent basis is something I've thought about but it is maybe a bit early for him to decide what he is going to do in the summer," Davis told the official club website.

"His agent was very keen for him to be here and everyone can see the improvement he has made when making that step up from Under-21 football.

"We won't be able to compete with a lot of clubs financially but Chuks has to fit into a style of football, if I was going to give him any advice it would be that the team he plays in is very important to him because of the style of player he is.

"I think we are one of very few clubs who could accommodate him at this level, and I have been very patient with him."

Aneke joined Arsenal aged only six and signed professional terms with the club on his 17th birthday. He has made one first-team appearance for the club, coming against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup in 2011, while he has also been loaned to Stevenage and Preston.

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