Arsene Wenger is ready to go back in for a final attempt at signing Alvaro Morata on loan from Real Madrid this month, with just hours remaining in the January transfer window.
That's according to talkSPORT broadcaster and B/R UK analyst Stan Collymore:
Arsenal. "Going back to Madrid to try one last time for Morata ".— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 31, 2014
The Independent's Sam Wallace reported earlier on transfer deadline day that Morata could come back into the frame after deals for Julian Draxler and Mirko Vucinic came to nought.
Draxler stands out as the sore thumb in that trio, considering his services would most likely require his £37 million release clause being activated.
However, Morata would be a much more financially affordable move, with Wenger casting a wider eye to forwards that he would be able to bring in only on temporary terms.
The Gunners' needs for attacking reinforcements this season have been discussed at length. Thus far, Olivier Giroud has been the leading man on the front lines, and dealt with his duties in a respectable manner, scoring 14 goals in 31 games across all competitions, per Transfermarkt.
However, with the North Londoners still involved in three campaigns and a busy schedule lying ahead, it's understandable that the club would seek further options in attack.
According to Goal.com's Wayne Veysey, Morata is behind Lazio striker Miroslav Klose in the priorities, however:
Klose more likely than Morata. At the moment. Could all change, though.— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) January 30, 2014
Real are keen to hang onto their Castilla youth graduate, who has made 11 La Liga appearances this season, although 10 of those have come from the bench, per Transfermarkt.
The Spaniard is regarded as one of his nation's most promising strikers, and his reputation was done no harm with some fine performances in last summer's Under-21 European Championships, scoring four goals in five games, per Transfermarkt.
Arsenal are eager to clinch that talent for the remainder of the season, but it appears Los Merengues may not be willing to see their own options lessened in order to help the English giants this winter.