According to reports, a host of Premier League clubs are interested in Mainz-based Japan international, Shinji Okazaki.
The diminutive striker has already netted five goals in his opening six Bundesliga games, and three more in cup competitions. Okazaki was selected in Japan’s squad for the 2014 World Cup, and netted once in the team’s 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Colombia.
His eye for goal has reportedly attracted attention from all over Europe, with Premier League scouts known to have attended some Mainz matches this season. The 28-year-old is valued at around £8m, but he may be available for even lesser.
The clubs to have shown major interest are Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham. All these teams have struggled to put chances away this term and as such this cut price forward could be the solution.
Should We Buy?
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While squad depth has always been an issue at the Emirates, I believe that the January investment should be put entirely into acquiring a quality defender. With Welbeck in decent form and Walcott fit again, out forward line is good enough for the time being. Plus Giroud will also be available by January so bringing in another forward in not a priority.
However if Arsenal do choose to pursue their interest, they will face severe competition from Tottenham. Our North London rivals have not one but two misfiring strikers in their squad in the form of Adebayor and Soldado, and will surely be looking to rectify the situation in the transfer window.