Arsenal have turned their attention to Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani after Real Madrid's Karim Benzema slammed the door shut on a possible move to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
According to The Mirror, Arsene Wenger is still keen on making a big name signing before the close of the ongoing transfer window and will make a move for the Uruguayan.
The French manager has been urged to sign a forward by Gunners legend Thierry Henry, as he believes that a top quality striker will make Arsenal genuine title contenders.
Another telling statistic is that the North London club have failed to score for five of their last six games at the Emirates Stadium, the latest coming in a 0-0 draw against Liverpool, which sees them drop five points behind Manchester City in the league table.
Benzema was the Gunners' primary target this summer, with the Daily Mail reporting that the club had given Wenger the go-ahead to make a club-record move for the French forward, while former England international Rodney Marsh claimed that Real had accepted a bid of around £48m ($75.7m) for the striker.
But the former Lyon forward has slammed the door shut with a post on his official Twitter account calling journalists who believed the rumours about him signing for Arsenal "clowns".
Arsenal have been linked with Cavani in the past, along with Manchester United,, and according to The Guardian the Red Devils have identified the Uruguayan as an ideal replacement for Robin van Persie, who joined Fenerbahce earlier in the summer.
However, a deal could be complicated as the former Napoli forward's agent Walter Guglielmone has revealed that his client is happy to stay at PSG after being given assurances regarding his role in the team.
"He hasn't listened to them because he was given guarantees about his position at the end of last season. We have been led to believe that [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic will pay further and further away from the box in order to touch the ball more, leaving the striker position for Edi to fill, which was the case several times at the end of 2014-15. In such conditions, Edi will be happy at PSG," the Uruguayan international's agent said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.