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According to The Metro, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to bid about Â£4 million for Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The 29 year old has been on the radar of the Arsenal management since last summer and with only six months remaining in the Dutchman's contract, the deal looks feasible.
Huntelaar has been in sparkling form for Schalke in the last couple of seasons, scoring 47 goals for club and country in 52 appearances last season and adding another 14 goals in 25 games so far this year.
Arsenal haven't yet been able to plug the gap created by the departure of their prolific goal machine Robin van Persie to Manchester United this summer and Huntelaar's signing could go some way into filling that hole. The Gunners only have Olivier Giroud as their preferred first team striker so far and the Frenchman is still getting used to life in London since his 13 million pound move from Montpellier this season, having scored just 5 goals in all competitions for the Gunners.
The only hindrance to this move though, maybe the wage demand of Huntelaar which could test Arsenal's wage structure and resolve.
German club Schalke, on the other hand are still trying their best to tie Huntelaar down to a new contract and they are unlikely to let him go at such a low fee, considering the value his goals could potentially bring by the club finishing in a Champions League place this season.
Additionally, the fee quoted in the aforementioned story is about 2 million pounds lower than what was being bandied about earlier, and one hopes that Arsenal doesn't lose out on another player due to their attempt to cut corners.