Arsenal have agreed to pay Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's release clause according to reports in Germany.
German newspaper Junge Welt, as reported by the Daily Star, has claimed that Arsenal have met the release clause granting the club the right to discuss personal terms with the Dutch international.
Welbeck deal off
It follows news that Danny Welbeck will not be moving to the Emirates Stadium despite reports claiming the Manchester United forward was having a medical ahead of a move to Arsenal.
That speculation was wide of the mark although Arsenal are still reportedly exploring their options as the transfer deadline looms large.
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Wenger in Rome
Arsene Wenger may be refereeing a charity match in Rome, but behind the scenes in north London Arsenal officials are looking to sign a striker before the 11pm deadline.
They've turned to Huntelaar as a relatively inexpensive option, as the Dutch international has the required pedigree at the right price. He is 31 years old, which goes against the typical Arsenal signing profile but the Gunners have little choice with time running out.
Liverpool were also monitoring the Dutchman, but moved for Mario Balotelli instead.
That has left Arsenal as the only suitors for the forward. Their search for an extra striker was made more urgent following the news that French international Olivier Giroud would be out until December at the earliest after his injury against Everton.
That left Yaya Sanogo as the only senior striker, and he didn't exactly impress in his audition against the Foxes last weekend.
Welbeck was thought to be a loan deal, but Arsenal are keen to sign someone permanently which has nudged them in the direction of Huntelaar.