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Arsenal rumoured to be lining up summer bid for West Brom striker

| 08.03.2012

Arsenal’s glorious failure against AC Milan on Tuesday night may have shown that the Gunners are more than capable of finding the net, but that hasn’t stopped Arsene Wenger sniffing around for a new striker.

And the Daily Mirror reckons the Gunners’ boss has his eye on West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie.

It’s hard to see that move going through though as the Baggies are thought to want £8million for the Nigerian striker who turns 31 in July and, with Wenger reluctant to put his hand in his pocket at the best of times, that may prove to be too rich.

However, the Gunners could do a lot worse than Odemwingie, who would give the north London side at least some options from the bench – something they are hugely lacking at the moment.

Meanwhile, rumours continue to persist about a possible move for Lukas Podolski – and they may be able to get him for a cut price £5million.

According to German newspaper Bild, Podolski has a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave Cologne if they were to be relegated from the German top tier which, at the moment, is looking like a very real possibility.

Despite Podolski banging in 16 goals already this season, they are just three points off the drop zone and still have top two Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich to play.

Signing Podolski – who is 12/1 to finish the season as top scorer in Germany – would be a huge boost to Arsenal and surely give them a better chance of hanging on to striker Robin van Persie who is out of contract at the Emirates in just over a year.

Champions League football is a must for the Gunners though and, based on their current form, the 8/15 offered for them to finish in the top four could yield a very decent pay out.



Richard Anderson