Wednesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Cavani, Kokorin to Arsenal, Adebayor to West Ham


Edinson Cavani has once again been linked with a move to Arsenal as the Gunners continue their search for a new forward.

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The Uruguayan striker, 28, has been played out of position at Paris Saint-Germain over the past few years since he arrived from Napoli for $85 million back in 2013. Cavani’s preferred role is as the central striker but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic around, he’s been shunted out wide more often than not. With Angel di Maria arriving for big money this summer, PSG may want to offset that deal by letting Cavani go and the man they call “El Matador” could command a transfer fee in excess of $85 million. The Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal will go hard after Cavani in the final week of the transfer window, just like they did with Mesut Ozil in the past.

Reports in Russian outlet Gazeta say that Arsenal have also moved to the top of the list of potential destinations for forward Aleksandr Kokorin.

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The Dynamo Moscow forward, 24, has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Zenit, but it appears the Gunners have moved in for Kokorin who would cost $22 million. The Russian international has scored eight times in 32 caps for his country but has hardly been a prolific goalscorer in the past with 45 goals in 193 appearances for Dynamo. However he does have two goals in three appearances so far this season and the 6-foot forward possesses a quick turn of pace which could make him more mobile than the Gunners’ current central striking option, Olivier Giroud. With Karim Benzema rubbishing talk of a move to Arsenal, it seems like Wenger must not move for a back-up option in Kokorin.

Wrapping up the non-Arsenal gossip, West Ham United could bag Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham Hotspur as the 31-year-old is available on loan. The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs are now willing to subsidize Adebayor’s $150,000 a week contract to move him on from White Hart Lane. The Hammers are without the injured Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia and have suffered defeats to Bournemouth and Leicester since beating Arsenal on the opening day of the season. Slaven Bilic’s side could certainly do with so more firepower, but is Adebayor the man?