Arsenal discuss two new striker targets ahead of transfer deadline

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins is on Arsenal's shortlist

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins is on Arsenal’s shortlist (Getty)

Arsenal are considering moves for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins before the transfer deadline, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta has been searching for a new striker this month but the Gunners came up short in their pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic, who underwent his medical with Juventus on Friday ahead of his £62.8 million move from Fiorentina.

Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak is also on Arsenal’s shortlist but it’s understood that the Sweden international, who has a €90m (£75m) release clause in his contract, wants to remain with the Spanish club until the end of the season.

The Gunners are now running out of time before the window closes on Monday but ESPN reports that Osimhen and Watkins are among the strikers who have been discussed by the club’s hierarchy.

The report also claims that Lille forward Jonathan David is also on Arsenal’s radar but the Ligue 1 club want to wait until the end of the season before being open to offers.

Arsenal have also denied interest in former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.

Arsenal have Napoli striker Victor Osimhen on their shortlist

Arsenal have Napoli striker Victor Osimhen on their shortlist (NurPhoto via Getty)

Arsenal are also facing a decision whether to give the green light to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure before the window closes.

Both Juventus and Barcelona have opened talks to sign the striker, who was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy last month, but the Gunners want his £350,000-a-week salary covered in full.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United are confident of securing a deal for Eddie Nketiah before Monday’s deadline.

The 22-year-old’s contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the season, which means they risk losing him on a free transfer in the summer if they do not sell him this month.

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