Arsene Wenger is said to be keen on signing QPR’s Loic Remy in the summer but first he will have to convince his own board who have their eyes on another striker.
The Daily Star report that the Arsenal hierarchy would prefer to bring in Ivory Coast star Wilfried Bony.
Bony has been a prolific goal scorer for Vitesse since joining from Sparta Prague in 2011. He has scored 46 goals in 63 games in his three seasons in the Dutch league.
This season his return has been a remarkable 31 goals in just 28 games. However, Vitesse have just missed out on a place in next season’s Champions League and look set to finish fourth.
Bony is dubbed the ‘new Didier Drogba’
The 24-year-old has been dubbed the ‘new Didier Drogba’ and could be available for as little as £7m. He could be tempted to join the Gunners if they make it into the Champions League.
Bony has hinted that he is ready to leave the Holland and his preference would be the Premier League. He said: “For me the Premier League is the top league in Europe but the Bundesliga is also good. France, Italy and Spain, they’re all good too but England I think would be perfect.”
However, Wenger is more interested in his fellow Frenchman Remy. The 26-year-old joined QPR in January and has been one of only a few players at Loftus Road who can’t be held accountable for the club’s relegation.
Remy has a £6m release clause
Remy took to the Premier League like a duck to water and while QPR went down with a whimper he managed to score five goals in 11 games which is a decent return when the team is struggling so badly.
Remy has a £6m relegation release clause in his contract so would be a less expensive acquisition which would appeal to the prudent Wenger.
Both players are said to have set their hearts on a move to the Emirates, but both are also likely to have other options if it doesn’t happen for them.
Remy has also impressed senior figures at Tottenham, Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle. Chelsea and West Ham are both said to be keeping track of Bony.