Emirates Stadium side push on with move to land Dutch international.
Arsene Wenger is lining up a bid he hopes will help to secure a deal to sign Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Arsenal boss is reportedly looking to land the Dutch international as he looks to beef up his attacking options after a particularly trying week for the North London side.
Arsenal started their Premier League campaign relatively strongly but the Gunners have undeniably missed the presence of a proven prolific goalscorer this season and have not successfully replaced former skipper Robin Van Persie. French forward Olivier Giroud is yet to get into gear and the lack of effective alternatives up front will lead Wenger into a concerted effort to bring in an experienced goalscorer when the transfer window re-opens.
To that end the Arsenal boss is ready to offer Schalke £8m plus the services of winger Andrei Arshavin, a player is apparently of interest to Veltins-Arena boss Huub Stevens.
Huntelaar is in the final year of his current contract and seems no nearer to putting pen to paper on a new deal and having plied his trade in just about every major European league the 29 year old may well be open to a Premier League switch.
The former Ajax man struggled at both Real Madrid and AC Milan before his move to the Bundesliga rejuvenated Huntelaar’s flagging career. Last term the Dutchman scored an incredible 47 goals in all competitions and has started the current campaign in a similar fashion and did of course score the opener as Schalke eased past Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Huub Stevens could feel that an offer of this nature is preferable to the likely loss of the striker on a free transfer next summer. The 58 year old Schalke coach may feel that the inclusion of a player of Arshavin’s undoubted ability could well help to clinch a deal.
Stevens saw the value that veteran Spaniard Raul added to his squad and may feel that the Russian wide-man could be a similar success at the Gelsenkirchen side.
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