With Arsenal clinging to a narrow advantage in the Premier League table this winter, acquiring Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata on a short-term loan would make perfect sense for the short-handed Gunners.
According to The Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson, manager Arsene Wenger has stepped up his interest in the 21-year-old and recently made a "fresh inquiry" about the striker. Metro's Jamie Sanderson reports Arsenal have offered a £2 million loan fee for the Spaniard.
Landing Morata could be a tall order for the French boss, though, as Real are said to be content to hold onto their assets this January, according to the Daily Mail Online's Sami Mokbel:
Wenger sees Morata as the perfect stop-gap between now and the end of the season, but Real have informed the Gunners that the talented striker is not available on a permanent or temporary basis.
But Arsenal remain in contact with Madrid chiefs and are hoping for a significant breakthrough.
While Arsenal have been the most consistent club in the Premier League through the first half of the season, Theo Walcott's devastating knee injury and Nicklas Bendtner's ankle sprain leave the Gunners in a precarious position heading into the second half.
Fortunately, the injury blows come in the midst of January's midseason transfer window.
While the Gunners will be looking to save their permanent signings for the summer when top players become available, Morata would be a solid addition as a rental for the remainder of 2013-14. With the youngster having only made one La Liga start this season, Real Madrid could benefit from such a move as well.
Morata would have an opportunity to contribute on a regular basis at the Emirates while picking up invaluable experience for a top-tier club.
More importantly, Arsenal would acquire a gifted scorer capable of providing a much-needed boost in the final third. In addition to his tremendous movement, Morata boasts sublime finishing ability around the penalty area.
With the Gunners fending off the likes of Manchester City (57 goals) and Liverpool (46 goals) at the top of the league table, an addition of Morata's caliber would be crucial in deciding a champion at season's end.
Although Morata has seen action mostly as a substitute during his time at the Bernabeu, his incredible production with Real Madrid's reserve team in recent years suggests he's capable of thriving in a more significant role.
The Spaniard scored 45 goals in 83 appearances with Real's B squad from 2010 to 2013.
With Arsenal lacking depth at the top of their lineup heading into what could be the most pivotal stretch of their campaign, Wenger and the Gunners must do all they can to bring Morata to London.
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