Everyone is getting very excited about the possibility of a 6 ft 8 in front man who ticks all the boxes (like being unknown, young and cheap) that would make him an Arsene Wenger transfer target.
Yet what has been overlooked is the stringent work permit regulations in England which require the player to have been a regular with his national side in 75% of the games in the previous two years.
Well, Lacina Traore has not yet been called up for the Ivory Coast! He is though very near it.
“The Côte d'Ivoire coach already told me about the national side. So far, there are many forwards ahead of me but he promised that I am next to follow” he said to the Romanian media.
It has now been revealed by agent Daniel Stanciu that although Arsenal have watched Lacina twice, a permanent transfer cannot take place.
"I have a very good relationship with the people at Arsenal. They saw Traore in two matches. From what I know, Traore's transfer cannot not be made in England.
He has not played in 75% of national games in the last two years which he needs so that he can play in the Premier League, "said Daniel Stanciu to GSP TV.
However he has revealed that Arsenal are interested in signing Traore on a permanent basis and then loaning him back to Cluj.
The search continues…..