Deal Close: 23-goal striker set to complete Arsenal move in next few hours

The 25-year-old broke Andre Pierre Gignac's record to become Toulouse's all-time league top scorer on his way to 50 Ligue 1 goals in 2015 and put in his best shift so far last season, scoring 17 Ligue 1 goals and registering 5 assists.

Ben Yedder

Arsenal are believed to be in pursuit of Toulouse No.10 Wissam Ben Yedder, according to Canal+ journalist Ludo Deroin.

Arsene Wenger has been on the lookout for attacking reinforcements since Danny Welbeck’s fresh injury, confirming the signing of only Japanese teenager Takuma Anso since then.

Many of last season’s effective strikers including Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette have been rumoured to be on the Gunner’s crosshairs after Jamie Vardy signed a contract extension with champions Leicester City.

The Frenchman is a relative unknown but has scored 70 goals in the last 4 seasons for the Ligue 1 side.

The 25-year-old broke Andre Pierre Gignac’s record to become Toulouse’s all-time league top scorer on his way to 50 Ligue 1 goals in 2015 and put in his best shift so far last season, scoring 17 Ligue 1 goals and registering 5 assists.

Ben Yedder has never been capped for the French National Team but has represented the country in futsal competitions and at U21 levels.

Since being signed in 2010, Ben Yedder has been deployed by Toulouse as a central striker and sometimes as an attacking midfielder.

His exceptional close control and the ability to weigh passes in addition to his explosive finishing and decent pace means he can play in multiple positions across the frontline. At 5’7″ tall, the most notable absence in his skill set as a striker is aerial prowess.

Multiple news sources including the Metro, have picked up on Arsenal’s interest in the striker of Tunisian descent and Canal+ has a reputation of getting transfer news right.

However, multiple sources have also suggested La Liga side Sevilla are also interested and could promise the player a starting berth to replace Kevin Gamiero.

Ben Yedder is contracted to Toulouse till 2017 and is yet to sign a contract extension.The Ligue 1 side are apparently looking for €10 million plus bonuses as the club seek to cash in on their star player in this transfer window, rather than risk letting him off on a free transfer at the end of the season.

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    1. 75 million for Higuan or somebody we’ve never heard of but is much cheaper? I bet Wenger had to think long and hard about that one.

    2. People watched what Leicester (and WHU frankly) did last season and somehow STILL concluded: the only way to win is to sign the most expensive players in the world. This guy actually looks class. Brilliant close control and finishing ability. Given his size, not sure he’s ideal as a lone striker in a PL team, but it’s not impossible. There’s something a bit Aguero about him so who knows.
      IMO this would be an excellent deal for Arsenal, particularly if followed up with the signing of Mahrez. An experienced CB is a must if they’re to stand any shot at the league however.

    3. Is this the big kept striker deal. No surprise there. Just yet again show what a cheap scate Wenger is. Arsenal season is falling apart even before it begins. For 12 years Wenger do the same thing over and over. And he expects a different result. He is the biggest idiot.

    4. I think this young Ben Yedder is a better bet and having better future than Higuain, who is quite old with the most 2-3 years more to be over his peak performance; Furthermore, he is also very much over-priced! Arsenal should sign Lacazette to partner with Ben Yedder upfront, and supported by Sanchez-Ozil-Mahrez and Xhaka, Monreal-Kos-Murillo/Mustafi/Manolla-Bellerin in the perfect attacking formation of 4-1-3-2 or 4-2-3-1 interchangeable!!! If 4-2-3-1: Remove 1 striker to play with 2 midfielders amongst Xhaka/Ramsey/Elneny/Coquellin/Wilshere. It’s recommended to dispose Walcott (to Leicester for player + 15m to 20m cash to sign Mahrez immediately), Ox, Mertaserker, Chamber, J.Campbell and Sanogo!!! So that Arsenal can sign 2 strikers + 1 attacking midfielder + 1 CB immediately for reinforcement to challenge any big team in Europe for EPL & CL this season!!! Come on Arsenal & Wenger, upgrade ARSENAL and don’t continue to snoop so low for 12 years already, and now fight back to earn the credit as a Champion Top Team in Europe! Don’t let other teams’ fans and managers to look down on Arsenal again and again….. Wenger, Arsenal CEO and Owner Stan ought to be more ambitious to win the titles for the Arsenal and its fans rather than just merely thinking of profits only as a football club genuine owner!!!

      Elvin/KC Tan