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Arsenal to launch £7m January bid for long-term striker target

Arsenal are to make a fresh bid for Dynamo Moscow forward Aleksandr Kokorin according to the Daily Mirror.

Arsene Wenger attempted to sign the 24-year-old over the summer but failed to get the deal done before the transfer window slammed shut and will make a £7m bid when it reopens.

A move for Kokorin is perhaps more realistic than oft-cited interest in the likes of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and PSG forward Edinson Cavani, especially given the good form shown in recent weeks by those in Wenger’s armoury.

Arsenal have scored 11 goals in their last three Premier League fixtures and Wenger will have been pleased with the return to form shown by Alexis Sanchez after a poor opening to the campaign from the tired Chilean, who had been in action at the Copa America over the summer and as such didn’t enjoy as long a break as the Gunners boss would have liked.

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