Arsenal set to sign Kokorin in January

Arsenal are close to sign Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin in January, according to report published by Russian newspaper Izvestia.

The 24-year old Russian international’s contract is set to expire at the end of this season and Dynamo who are in deep financial troubles are keen to strike a deal with the London club.

There are also reports linking on strong interests from Zenit Saint Petersburg, but the report reveals that Kokorin has a preference to play in the English Premier League.

Despite the status of his contract, Dynamo Moscow are negotiating to receive around £4.3m (€6 m) to let him move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners who are keen to add another striker as back-up to Olivier Giroud and Arsene Wenger believes Kokorin will be a valuable addition to boost their bid to win title this season.

Arsenal had tried to sign him in the last summer transfer window, but were unable to reach a deal. He has scored 4 goals in 8 appearances in Russian Premier League this season.

Besides interests from Arsenal, he was also sought out by the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and PSG during that time and it remains to be seen if there is any rejuvenated interest from these clubs.

Alexandr Kokorin, who raised through the youth ranks of Lokomotiv Moscow joined Dynamo in 2008 and became the youngest goal scorer for the club in Russian Premier League in his very first appearance at the age of 17 years 199 days.

He is a regular member for Russian national team and has 10 goals to his name in 35 appearances. He was also a part of the squads for Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.