Zenit, Reading & Fulham Close In On £3m Arsenal Winger Signing

Emirates Stadium side ready to offload wideman.

Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg have made a move to re-sign Arsenal misfit Andrey Arshavin in January.

The Gunners are keen to do a deal during the next window rather than lose the 31-year-old on a free when his contract expires in the summer.

Arshavin is believed to be Arsenal’s top earner on £90,000-a-week, and they want him off the wage bill as he has been ­reduced to squad-player status this season.

Arsenal’s willingness to sell has encouraged Zenit to try to re-sign a player they sold to the Gunners for £12million in 2009 and took back on a three-month loan earlier this year.

Manager Arsene Wenger will expect around £3m for Arshavin, and Zenit are prepared to offer the Leningrad-born attacker a two-and-a-half-year deal.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

As well as Zenit it appears that Fulham are also chasing the out of favour Arsenal winger and now the 31 year old will have to decide which move best suits him.

Arsene Wenger appears to have little use for the attacker, who has never re-captured the form that propelled him to the world stage at the Euro 2008 finals. A four goal haul at Liverpool and a winner against Barcelona are perhaps the only plus points to have come out of Arshavin’s tenure at the North London club.

Reading also continue to sniff around the former Zenit man and Brian McDermott may believe that Arshavin may be the big fish that manages to stay afloat in a relatively small pond at the Madjeski Stadium.

Arshavin is yet to make a Premier League start this term and a bid of £3m would probably be accepted given that Arsenal will lose the player when his contract comes to an end in the summer.

A return to Zenit is a distinct possibility though Andrei Arshavin may well prefer to remain in the English top tier.

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