Arsenal clear favourites to land Dortmund star

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Arsenal are in prime position to sign Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan, according to the player himself.

Zidan has been linked with a handful of clubs over the previous month, but now Arsenal are thought to have made second contact with the player's agent after his impressive performance against England.

Speaking on Monday, Zidan said: "My agent spoke to me after the game and told me about Arsenal’s interest. He asked me to try to impress them, and become the first Egyptian to play for the Gunners."

Manchester United and Barcelona have also been heavily linked with the player, with his father telling Dream TV that the clubs made original contact about the Borrusia Dortmund striker after the African Cup of Nations success.

"Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona have talked to Mohamed's agent," said Abdullah Zidan.

The 28-year-old striker has plyed his trade in the Bundesliga since signing for Werder Bremen from Danish club Midtjylland back in 2005.

A successful loan stint at Mainz 05 led to a reported €4.5 million move to Hamburg in 2007, and a year later a deal was made that saw Zidan switch to his current club in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Frenchman Wenger has been linked with a string of strikers at the Emirates since the injury sustained to Robin van Persie. Lacina Traore, Marouane Chamakh, Edin Dzeko and Bojan Krkic are just four 'big name' strikers in a long list of rumoured targets on the wish list in north London.

It appears that Zidan is now the number one choice for the Gunners though, and signs are starting to point towards a possible summer move when the transfer window opens again.

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