Arsenal 'dream' move still on for Ivorian starlet

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly pondering a summer move for Lacina Traore.

The Ivorian striker has been a long time target at the Emirates, and now Arsenal are thought to be considering a bid for the striker dubbed 'the new Adebayor'.

The CFR Cluj striker was heavily linked with a switch to north London in January, but the move failed to materialise and Wenger stuck with his injury-hit strike-force.

The delay has seen other clubs join in the race to sign the 19-year-old talent, with PSV Eindhoven and Udinese also making enquiries about the 6ft 8in forward.

A possible move to the Gunners excites the player greatly though, and Traore has previously said: "It is sensational to hear that Arsene Wenger is watching me and it would be a dream to play in such a great team as Arsenal."

Scouts have been monitoring his progress in Romania, and Gilles Grimandi has visited Dr. Constantin Rădulescu stadium to watch Traore in action for the current Liga 1 leaders.

The fresh news of a possible summer move comes after the player's representative, Marc-Andre Kriegl, spoke to

"Udinese and PSV Eindhoven made late enquiries to try and sign him in the transfer window, but nothing came of their advances," said Kriegl.

“Arsenal came to watch him at the training camp in Turkey during the winter break and they told us they are interested and still very much like him, and that they will follow him closely until the summer and make a decision then.”

Issues with gaining a work permit could yet prove to be a stumbling block if the Gunners decide to move for the player, but Arsenal have got round such issues before with the signing of Carlos Vela.

A final decision would rest on the shoulders of Wenger, who has a proven track record of developing young talent into Premier League stars. With a lack of power and strength in the forward positions, Traore would seem like a good fit for Arsenal and a move could come when the window re-opens.

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