Fulham are determined to pick up Arsenal’s unwanted Russian winger Andrei Arshavin, who was recently given the go-ahead by Arsene Wenger to seek out a move away from the club after a string of inconsistent performances, Metro reports.
However, Arshavin did show promise this summer during his Euro 2012 performances for Russia, and has spent the latter half of last season on loan to his old club, Zenit St Petersburg, though he is not expected to make a permanent move back there from Arsenal.
Rather, Fulham are hoping that they might be able to reel him in, given that Arshavin is settled in London with his children attending school there. Otherwise, one wonders whether Barcelona, whose €15m offer for the forward was rejected in 2008, would still be interested in bringing him in as a squad player?
If Arshavin is to join the Cottagers, though, he would likely be expected to take a substantial pay cut, as the squad are not able to afford his £80,000 a week salary, yet the lure of staying settled in London might entice him enough to take the deal.
Reportedly, Fulham manager Martin Jol is hoping to land Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes alongside Arshavin prior to the start of the Premier League.
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