English Premier League side Arsenal are set to put a late bid in for Ajax and Iceland striker Kolbeinn, according to sources in the Netherlands.
The Gunners are facing mounting pressure to sign players before the 2 September deadline as fans demand to know why manager Arsène Wenger and the board are not spending the money that they have been told is available. Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season finished with supporters directing chants at Wenger such as ‘spend some money’.
The North London side faces an away game with Istanbul side Fenerbache on Wednesday in the first leg of their crucial Champions League qualifier, and fans will hope a bid for Kolbeinn will be the first of a number of moves to add to the depleted squad before the window closes.
Kolbeinn, who has won 15 caps for Iceland, has scored 20 times in 40 appearances for the Dutch side since joining them in 2011. However, his appearances have been restricted due injuries, including a fractured ankle which saw him spend five months on the sidelines last season.
The striker previously described it as an honour to play for manager Frank de Boer and his assistant Dennis Bergkamp at Ajax, but he may find an offer to join the latter’s career path from Amsterdam to London too difficult to turn down.