Emirates target confirms that he’ll be on the move.
Arsenal make final bid for Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer
Arsenal have launched a £4 million bid to sign Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, according to reports.
Arsenal have already had a £2m bid turned down by Fulham coach Mark Hughes but Arsene Wenger looks set to pursue the Australian today as a replacement for first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone, Arsenal’s second and third choice ‘keepers, have been unable to overtake Almunia in the pecking order.
However, any move to the Emirates is likely to hinge on Hughes finding a possible replacement after Shay Given, a Fulham target, decided to stay at Manchester City.
“I’m biding my time waiting for things to happen and then I’ll be on move – if you see what I mean,” Schwarzer told The Mirror.
“I’m hopeful, I’m always hopeful.” (Telegraph)
With Shay Given reportedly turning down a move to rejoin former boss Mark Hughes at Fulham there were some who felt that a deal to bring Mark Schwarzer to the Emirates was also dead in the water but this source believes an increased bid is winging its way to Craven Cottage and the Aussie veteran keeper has made it pretty clear he wants to leave.
With David Stockdale showing good potential and with the likes of Swiss international Pascal Zuberbuhler at the club, Hughes could possibly afford to give into his goalie’s demands and the increased bid would surely be more than acceptable for a player of 37.
Arsene Wenger appears desperate to seal the deal for a new keeper and doesn’t appear to have a great deal of confidence in Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski so a deal may well be struck before the transfer deadline, something that Mark Schwarzer is clearly very keen to see happen.