Arsenal are considering a move in signing Manchester United summer target Edinson Cavani before deadline day, according to the Express.
The Uruguayan international joined Paris Saint-Germain last summer. He has been unhappy in his debut season in the Ligue 1 after he was played out of position on the wings, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic being played as the central striker for the French champions.
Cavani has been on the radar of the Red Devils as the 20-time English champions have been constantly linked with the former Napoli star throughout the summer transfer window. However, the striker's agent had earlier confirmed interest from the Gunners and Liverpool.
Arsenal have suffered a massive blow as their main striker Olivier Giroud is likely to be out of action till the end of this calendar year. The French international picked up a foot injury during his side's 2-2 draw against Everton.
The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger lacks an out and out striker in the squad. However, he can use summer signing Alexis Sanchez, England international Theo Walcott, World Cup winner Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo in that position.
The Frenchman fears without a recognised striker it would be difficult for Arsenal to challenge other top teams for the Premier League title. Wenger has now set his sights on Cavani and is planning to make a £50m move for the South American striker.
Meanwhile, Arsenal host Besiktas in the Champions League second leg playoffs on Wednesday. The Premier League side will be without the services of Giroud as confirmed by the Gunners manager.
Wenger says it could be a long-term injury and he is not aware of the extent of his compatriot's injury.
"He [Giroud] will not play tomorrow and he will see a specialist tomorrow. After that we will make an announcement of how long he will be out for. It can be [long term injury]. We will see tomorrow," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.
"I don't know [whether it's a broken foot], it's sad for us but at the moment we are focused on tomorrow's game," the Arsenal manager added.