Gunners confirm goalkeeper approach

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Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has confirmed the club have approached Fulham for keeper Mark Schwarzer, according to reports.

The Australian has been heavily linked with a move across London and the Gunners are on the lookout for a reliable stopper.

Schwarzer, 37, is understood to want to try his luck at the highest level, in the Champions League, having been on the losing end of two Uefa Cup finals.

Roy Hodgson is hoping to build on the Cottagers’ historic last season and will want to hang onto his experienced keeper.

Hill-Wood said yesterday: “We have made an enquiry for him and they are not prepared to sell him so we have gone away.

“We can only hope they will change their minds, but at the moment it doesn’t look like it,” he added.

Arsenal have been linked with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Hugo Lloris recently but Schwarzer would prove less of a risk and a much cheaper option, at around £3 million.

The North London club’s cause could be helped if Hodgson takes the Liverpool job, which looks likely to be offered to the former Inter Milan boss, and the Whites could move for Portsmouth keeper David James if the Aussie does go.

Meanwhile Hill-Wood also confirmed William Gallas, who is thought to want a two year deal on £80,000 per week, is certain to leave the Emirates.

Hill-Wood added: “He is asking for too much for too long. Players are going to have to learn some time that money doesn’t grow on trees.”

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