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Fulham are believed to be preparing to lodge a bid for Arsenal reject Andrei Arshavin with the forward having been told that he is surplus to requirements next season according to reports in the Metro. Fulham's rumoured interest comes after the Russian has declared his desire to stay on in London rather than return to his homeland.
The 31 year-old playmaker began his career at Zenit St Petersburg and joined Arsenal in 2009. After a series of sub-par performances last season, the forward was loaned out to Zenit for the second half of the season. His loan spell was a relatively successful one and Zenit were understood to be interested in a permanent switch.
However, his move to Russia has been put off for family reasons, with the Andrey and his wife Julia deciding that they wish for their children to continue their education in the English capital. Moreover, this decision could largely be attributed to Zenit's indecision over the transfer after the Russian captain fell out with fans after the national side made a group stage exit from Euro 2012. Arshavin blamed fans for their high expectations from the team and his views have fuelled a nation-wide call for his expulsion from the national side.
Fulham boss Martin Jol could land the player at a bargain price of Â£1 million but the Russian will have to accept a large reduction in wages if he agrees to the move. Although the Cottagers are yet to make a formal bid, they have got in touch with the player's representatives and club officials. An official announcement could soon be made as Fulham deal with the looming threat of Clint Dempsey's departure this summer.
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