Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Targeting Belgian Striker Kevin Mirallas

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2012

BEIJING - AUGUST 16: Kevin Mirallas of Belgium passes the ball during the Men's Quarter Final match between Italy and Belgium at the Workers' Stadium on Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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According to a report from Sky Sports, Arsenal are considering an offer for Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas. The report claims both Arsenal and Liverpool share an interest in the 24-year-old Olympiacos star.

Mirallas began his career with French club St Etienne, but moving to Greece has really helped him flourish. He has netted 34 goals in two seasons with Olympiacos and is the kind of unheralded target Arsene Wenger has often swooped for in the past.

Intelligent and mobile, Mirallas has the versatility Wenger likes. He can be deployed anywhere along a fluid front three and is the type of crafty, flair player Arsenal need in attack.

Gunners fans should be somewhat familiar with Mirallas, having seen him clash with Arsenal twice, in last season's UEFA Champions League group stage. His trickery from wide areas caused Arsenal some problems in their 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium, back in September 2011.

Arsenal need numbers in attack, especially with several strikers possibly set to leave the club. Most of the attention is focused in the uncertain futures of high-profile pair Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott.

However, depth is also a real issue, with the likes of Andrey Arshavin, Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamkah and Ju-Young Park potentially all part of a purge at Arsenal. Wenger certainly seems to be looking for fresh options, lining up Caen starlet M'Biaye Niang, according to Metro and now showing an interest in Mirallas.

Sky Sports states that Mirallas has a minimum fee release clause of just £6.4 million. While he may not be the big-name acquisition many might argue Arsenal need, Mirallas fits the mould of a typical Wenger signing.

Securing his signature would allow Arsenal to play hard ball in negotiations with van Persie and Walcott and take a more proactive approach to dumping their unwanted strikers.