Arsenal have been forced back into the market for striker following the injury to Olivier Giroud - and former Gunners favourite Alan Smith has backed Danny Welbeck as the man for the job.
The Manchester United man is said to be available for around £15 million - although reports today claim boss Arsene Wenger is lining up a shock move for Nikola Zigic .
Welbeck is believed to have been told that he is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, and while Arsenal are interested rivals Tottenham are also in the race.
A bid of around £15 million will likely do the trick - and Smith has urged Arsenal to cough up the cash with Giroud likely to be out until the new year.
"I would love to see him at Arsenal," he told the Sky Sports News.
"Danny Welbeck’s got most attributes. Olivier Giroud is a very good target man and is a very good header of the ball, and he’ll get you 20+ goals, so that’s not to be sniffed at, but Danny is different. He’s very good technically as he’s shown with England and he is a bit quicker.
"He’d probably make a very good partner for Giroud but Arsene Wenger isn’t overly keen on playing two up top."
Arsenal transfer news
Arsenal could well launch a late raid for PSG ace Edinson Cavani (The Express)
Kostas Manolas has opted to join Roma over a move to the Gunners (Daily Mail)
QPR's Loic Remy and Alessio Cerci are also viable alternatives to Giroud (The Mirror)
Radamel Falcao is keen on making the move to Arsenal - but it will cost £20 million to take him on loan for a season (Metro)
Midfielder William Carvalho has been made available to the Gunners for just £24 million (Record)
Luiz Gustavo is still on Arsene Wenger's radar this summer (The Mirror)
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