Arsenal are leading Chelsea in the race to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney.
The 27 year old is set to return to football in January having served an eight month ban from the game for betting offences, and, having adapted to life without him, Brentford are willing to sell him, although they have warned interested clubs that they expect a decent price for him.
Chelsea are in need of offensive reinforcements, and have been tracking the England international for some time, even before his suspension.
And he is also reported to be on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Arsenal are now emerging as the player’s option, because they are challenging for the title again, and also have reached the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
The Gunners believe that signing a top quality striker could help them finally win the league, although there are concerns how long it will take Toney to get up to the speed of the Premier League again.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.