Arsenal are preparing a summer transfer move for Hoffenheim star Kevin Volland after weeks of scouting for a new striker, reports Spanish website Fichajes.
The Gunners extensive scouting network has been scouring the globe to unearth a new striker for Arsene Wenger's men and after watching him several times, have decided on the young German.
Arsenal are seemingly desperate to sign a new striker this summer as they look set to lose both Chu Young Park and Nicklas Bendtner in the summer. Although the two have not contributed to Arsenal's success this season, their departures will leave Wenger with a lack of alternatives to Olivier Giroud - Arsenal's only proven striker.
Reports have linked Arsenal with a big money move for the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, and Diego Costa, but Volland would represent another typical Wenger signing. Volland is a dynamic forward who can play across the front three and would come at a significantly smaller price than established stars Mandzukic and Costa.
Wenger will wait for the transfer window to open to make his move and, as Volland is very unlikely to make Germany's World Cup squad, is not under any pressure to complete the signing before the Fifa tournament kicks off on June 12.
Volland, 21, has emerged as a bright young talent for Germany and has scored an impressive seven goals in 15 games for the under-21s. He has also been capped at every age group level for his country and has been backed to break into Joachim Loew's side after the World Cup.
His contract at Hoffenheim runs until the summer of 2017, putting the Bundesliga club under no pressure to sell if Arsenal do come calling.