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Fulham Eye Dramatic Deal For Unwanted Arsenal Star Andrei Arshavin

by Bernard Thompson

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Arshavin Unhappy

Cottagers keen on Russian.

Fulham are hoping to pull off a coup by landing unwanted Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin.

The Russian has been told he can leave the Emirates this summer after boss Arsene Wenger finally lost patience with his inconsistent and often lazy displays.

The 31-year-old remains a huge talent, however, and showed glimpses of his best for Russian during Euro 2012.

Arshavin spent the second half of last season on loan at his former club Zenit St Petersburg but the Russian outfit appear reluctant to make the deal permanent.

Fulham are prepared to offer the forward, who was coveted by Barcelona before he joined the Gunners in 2008, a chance to stay in London, where he is settled and his children go to school, reports the Metro.

The Cottagers are struggling to afford Arshavin’s £80,000 a week wages, however, and it is understood that the playmaker would have to take a significant pay cut to move to Craven Cottage.

Fulham boss Martin Jol is also interested in landing Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes and is hoping he can seal deals for the young Scot and mercurial Russian before the start of the Premier League season.


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