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Arsenal set to make January move for 9-goals in 13-games centre-forward

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Arsenal are reportedly plotting a January move to secure services of Porto forward Mehdi Taremi.

 

The 30-year-old has enjoyed a prolific start to the 2022-23 season, scoring nine goals and creating seven more in just 13 games across all competitions so far.

Taremi was rumoured with a move away from Porto during the summer transfer window, with a number of Premier League teams among those to be credited with an interest.

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Recent reports have claimed that the Blues are continuing to keep tabs on the Iran international, having sent scouts to watch him this month.

 

Portuguese outlet A Bola now reports that the Gunners have joined their London rivals in the race for his services and could try to push through a deal as early as January.

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The report claims that Porto would be open to negotiating a deal for the forward, whose deal at the club expires in 2024.

 

 

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Porto sold Luis Diaz to Liverpool during last summer’s winter transfer window and could reportedly be open to striking a similar deal with the Gunners this winter.

 

However, the North London giants are wary of increased competition for his services should Taremi enjoy a good World Cup season in Qatar.

 

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Taremi’s Iran side will open their season against England on November 21, before games against Wales and USA to round off Group B.

 

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The player’s agents were reportedly reluctant to push for a move during the summer as they felt that it would be better to do so after this winter’s World Cup.

 

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The Gunners summer signing Gabriel Jesus has quickly established himself as Mikel Arteta’s first-choice forward at the Emirates Stadium, helping the North London outfit to make a strong start to the season.

 

The North London giants currently sit top of the Premier League standing, with Sunday’s 3-2 triumph over Liverpool meaning that they have now won eight of their nine top-flight outings this season.

 

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However, the report suggests that the Gunners still have concerns over Jesus’s injury history and are keen to bring in further back-up for the Brazilian.

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