Arsenal and Newcastle have an opportunity to sign Dominic Solanke this month with Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola admitting he is powerless to stop the striker leaving.

That is only if any clubs interested in the centre-forward pay the fee the Cherries will ask for their No. 9 which is at least £50million.

Only Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah (both 14) have scored more Premier League goals than Solanke’s 12 this season. The 26-year-old has already doubled what was his previous best campaign in England’s top flight.

The England international’s form has seen him appear on the radar of Arsenal and Newcastle. The Gunners are searching for a striker to improve their ruthlessness in the final third while the Magpies have been dogged by injuries to frontmen Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak this term.

And Iraola admits if a club pay more than £50m then he cannot stop Solanke leaving before the January transfer window closes. Ahead of a showdown with Solanke’s former club Liverpool, though, the Spanish coach is hopeful he will still have the player at Bournemouth come February 2nd.

“I don’t have any power,” admitted Iraola. “We have an opinion [on whether we want to keep them] and there are always negotiations and if someone meets the expectations of the club then…

“But the expectations are really high so I don’t think that will be happening. I think Solanke will stay, but I can’t guarantee 100 per cent. He’s happy and performing well and everyone is happy with him.

“It would take something unnatural for him to leave. That is the same with the best players we have, and we know their worth and we appreciate them.”

Solanke would offer Arsenal or Newcastle greater physicality through the middle. The Londoners are also keen on Ivan Toney who would cost far more than Solanke, at nearer £100m, to leave Brentford this month.