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The giant Serbian striker could be set for a shock move to the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger seeks to replace Olivier Giroud, who faces four months on the sidelines

Arsenal have offered a contract to former Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic, according to the Serbian forward's agent.

The Gunners could be in the market for a new frontman after Olivier Giroud picked up an injury that is expected to keep him out of action for up to four months.

And now Zigic's agent, Milan Calasan, has suggested that Arsene Wenger is looking to sign the striker to deputise for Giroud - though Zigic could yet shun Arsenal and move to Turkey or Switzerland instead.

When asked about Arsenal's reported interest in Zigic, Calasan told SPORT: “It is true. Wenger called me on Tuesday afternoon and told me that he wants to bring Zigic to Arsenal.

"It is clear that you cannot reject an offer like that. But Zigic is the one who must decide. He must say what he wants.

"But Wenger was clear, he is offering a contract until the end of the season with the option for another 12 months. I know that Arsenal are in a hurry, but Nikola also has offers from Turkey and Switzerland."

Zigic has played only one season in the Premier League - the 2010-11 campaign with Birmingham - during which he scored five goals in 25 games and bagged the opener in the shock 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final.

His significant wages - reportedly worth around £60,000 - proved a financial drain on the Blues after their relegation to the Championship, however.

Wenger intends to keep Lukas Podolski at the Emirates Stadium following news of Giroud's injury but, like Alexis Sanchez, the German has mostly featured on the wing for the Gunners.

That has left youngster Yaya Sanogo as their only remaining centre forward, with Theo Walcott also currently sidelined.