Wenger eyes new striker

Arsenal in hunt for Lacina Traore

January 7, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a swoop for 6' 6" Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore to bolster his injury-hit forward line.

Lacina Traore
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• Transfer plans hinge on Bendtner

Wenger is without Dutch ace Robin Van Persie and Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner and has all but admitted he is on the hunt for a target man in the January transfer window.

Traore fits the bill and the 19-year-old CFR Cluj striker has already spoken about a potential "dream move" to the Emirates Stadium.

Traore said: "It is sensational to hear Wenger is watching me. I could be a success in England. Even though I am still young, I have a lot of experience and a lot of ambition. Wherever I go it will be hard at first, but I'm sure I would settle in."

"It would be a dream for me to get to play on a team so great. I have a chance there because Arsene Wenger relies heavily on young players.

"There is great pressure on me now because I am being linked with big European clubs, but this is my ambition.

"The Ivory Coast coach has already told me I will get my chance with the national team, but my chances of that happening would certainly increase if I was to join a big team like Arsenal."