The Gunners have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old as they hunt for a replacement for Olivier Giroud, who is out until the new year with a broken leg.

Everton, Chelsea and Tottenham have also been linked with the player this summer.

However, Arsenal appear to have leapt to the front of the queue, with boss Arsene Wenger thought to be keen on drafting in more attacking options following Giroud's injury blow.