Arsenal want to improve the quality of their options in attack, by snaring prized Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata.
The Daily Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger could make a January bid for a player he has scouted previously.
Andrei Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh and even Theo Walcott, could all leave Arsenal in January. That would leave Wenger lacking credible options behind Gervinho, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.
Morata certainly has the potential and natural talent to provide greater depth and skill along the Gunners forward line.
The 20-year-old is an elegant and fleet-footed striker. He possesses excellent touch and control and also has the quickness to trouble defenders in short spaces.
Morata's best attribute might be his range of movement in and around the box. He is subtle and intelligent when trying to escape markers.
He frequently manages to find the extra space needed to convert a scoring chance. When in front of goal Morata is a confident and decisive finisher.
He could be tempted to leave Los Blancos due to a lack of opportunities under manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese strategist doesn't have a rich history of giving chances to young talent.
Mourinho has taken some criticism in Spain, for his reticence to include some of Madrid's flourishing youngsters. This could encourage him to give more time to players Morata.
The striker did feature in Madrid's win over Levante last weekend. He took his chance as a substitute, to net Madrid's winner.
However, this was still a rare inclusion in the first team. That should give Wenger hope that he can convince Morata his future lies away from the Spanish capital.
Acquiring Morata would continue Wenger's policy of identifying and developing promising youngsters into potential first team stars.876364