Bafetimbi Gomis' agent confirms approach from Arsenal

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Arsenal have made an approach to sign Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis in what would represent something of a surprise January transfer switch, according to the player's agent Francesco Di Frisco.

Gomis has emerged as a viable target for a whole host of European clubs this week, with Swansea reportedly ready to do business if the price is right despite selling Wilfried Bony to Manchester City for £28 million.

Crystal Palace are the frontrunners for the French international's signature at this stage, but Di Frisco is adamant that Gunners chiefs have been in touch to check on his client's availability in the last 24 hours.

Gomis openly courting move?

Di Frisco is quoted by Metro as admitting: "Schalke and Borussia Dortmund have asked about signing Bafe,’ said Francesco Di Frisco. So have Crystal Palace and Newcastle and now Arsenal."

The 29-year-old's physical qualities certainly make him an attractive signing, with qualities that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has already seen up close and personal this season. Gomis scored against the Gunners for Swansea in a 2-1 win earlier this season, planting a clinical header home from close range to show just what he's all about.

Do Arsenal need another forward?

Arsenal have already allowed Yaya Sanogo and Lukas Podolski to leave on loan this month, with Wenger deciding that he has enough to strength in depth to let the duo join Palace and Inter Milan respectively in search of regular first-team football.

Wenger is prioritising a deal for a central defender before the transfer window slams shut, but has room for another striker as cover if he deems a deal for Gomis viable.

The 29-year-old is on a bumper contract at Swansea but could be sold the club receive an offer in the region of £6 million, a relative bargain for a forward with the potential to offer the Gunners something different in the final third.

Arsenal need strength in depth in other areas as a priority, but Wenger has been known to snub those glaring flaws to sign another forward in the past so don't be too surprised if he's about to do it again.

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