By Alex Taylor

Arsenal are preparing to lodge a £30million bid for Manchester City striker Wilfred Bony, according to a report.

The Daily Star claim that the north London outfit are readying a move for the Ivory Coast forward, who has failed to produce the goods at Etihad Stadium since his £28million move from Swansea 18 months ago.

It is said that the Gunners have turned their attention to Bony as a solution to their pressing need to sign a new striker before the transfer window closes.

Arsenal will find themselves in direct competition with Everton, who are reportedly in advanced talks to sign the Ivory Coast international.

Dutch publication Voetbal International claim the Merseysiders are close to agreeing a £25.6million deal for Bony.

There could now be concern at Goodison Park that Arsenal are attempting to make a late attempt to hijack Ronald Koeman’s bid to take the once-prolific striker to Goodison Park.

City dropped a major hint that Bony is not part of Pep Guardiola’s plans as he was omitted from their Champions League squad for the two-legged play-off against Steaua Bucharest.

Bony only joined City  from the Swans in January 2015 but has notched just six Premier League goals in that time and found it difficult to make the starting line-up, where his path has been blocked by Sergio Aguero.

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old has Premier League pedigree, scoring 32 goals and supplying 10 assists in 90 matches in the competition.

The forward was once considered one of the most lethal attacking threats in England’s top-tier but is now being pushed toward the exit door in Manchester

In other Arsenal transfer news, transfer target Mauro Icardi will not be leaving Inter Milan, according to the club’s new manager Frank de Boer.