It has been reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will open his chequebook to land Robin van Persie’s long-term successor when the transfer window re-opens.
Wenger has instructed his global network of scouts to start identifying realistic forward targets the club can go for in January.
The Frenchman, with his backroom team, will hold a series of technical meetings where those players identified will be discussed and formalised into a shortlist.
Arsene Wenger has in the region of £35million to splash at the turn of the year and has made a new world-class centre-forward his top priority.
The Frenchman accepts he has not sufficiently replaced Van Persie after the Holland international moved to Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Despite claims to the contrary, Olivier Giroud’s capture was always viewed as an option to supplement the Arsenal attack rather than spearhead it.
It was hoped that Giroud would hit the ground running after his arrival, but the France international has scored just once in the Premier League.
Wenger has also tried Gervinho in the central striker role - and while the Ivory coast forward has impressed at times - Wenger is not convinced he is the answer.
Likewise, Lukas Podolski can be deployed as a conventional No 9 but Wenger feels the Germany international is best suited to the left-sided role he currently occupies.
Early contenders are Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, a player who has already been scouted intensively by Arsenal spies.
Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente is also highly-rated by Wenger. The Spain international is out of contract at the end of the season meaning he could be available at a cut-price fee.
Another option is Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic who has been on Arsenal’s radar for over 12 months, while Palermo’s Abel Hernandez has also been watched.