According to The Metro, Arsenal have been sending scouts to the Valley in order to watch young Charlton Athletic striker Ademola Lookman.

The Gunners are reportedly ready to try and sign the 18-year-old, who scored his first Championship goal at the weekend as Charlton lost 3-2 to league leaders Brighton.

It was Lookman’s third consecutive start but only his fifth ever game for the Charlton first team, and he’s managed to also catch the attention of Chelsea.

Lookman only joined Charlton last year, but his former u21 manager has had this to say about him:

“He just loves playing football.

If we do certain sessions or we finish and Ademola feels he hasn’t done enough for the day – we don’t want to risk him getting injured – then he sulks.

“That’s natural for him, because he just wants to play football all the time – U18, U21 or first-team.

“He doesn’t see it being Birmingham, Ipswich or Brighton – he just sees another football match where he wants to perform.”

The youngster appears to have a lot of drive to improve, but Arsenal already have Donyell Malen and Stephy Mavididi battling to be the club’s top youth striker. Chuba Akpom is currently struggling to impress out on loan with Hull City, so the Gunners may be looking to sign another future striker.

World class forwards are incredibly expensive, so why not try and develop them instead?