Arsenal are weighing up a move for Fulham forward Bobby Zamora, who is available for just £5m.
Manager Arsène Wenger is keen to find a quick replacement for underperforming striker Marouane Chamakh and has always been an admirer of the England international.
Chamakh once again performed miserably in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Leeds last night and is now sure to move in the window, with Aston Villa reportedly showing an interest.
Zamora, despite ironically, scoring the winning goal against Arsenal for Fulham over Christmas, is not on speaking terms with manager Martin Jol and has ordered his agent to find another club. The Fulham boss has dropped the striker from the squad on a couple of occasions this season but has gone on record denying any rift between the two.
Zamora’s preferred option is to stay in London and QPR had been frontrunners for his signature, but the dismissal of manager Neil Warnock probably means that deal in dead in the water, with new boss in waiting Mark Hughes looking to sign bigger names.
The 30-year-old forward wants to seal a place in Fabio Capello’s England’s squad for Euro 2012 and a move to the Emirate would certainly be one he would be keen on.
Wenger would have no problems in matching Zamora’s current £45,000-a-week wage as he looks to add some depth to his squad that have been carried this season by Robin Van Persie. He has already brought back Thierry Henry, who scored the winner last night, but feels he needs a more physical presence in his front-line, especially in away games, and Zamora fits that criteria.