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Gunners set sights on PSV star

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven winger Ibrahim Afellay.

The Dutchman has been part of Holland's World Cup runners up campaign, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to have been impressed by the 24-year-old in his cameo appearances.

Afellay has spent his entire career at PSV, making his debut as a teenager in February 2004. Four Eredivisie titles and a KNVB Cup have come the player's way in that time, but last season's third place finish could see his departure this summer.

With only a year left on his contract at the Phillips Stadium, suitors are gathering. A string of Serie 'A' clubs are thought to be interested, with the Gunners fighting the Premier League cause.

“The contract between Ibrahim and PSV expires in June 2011, so we are not in a hurry to renew," agent Rob Jansen told Sportweek.

“Ibrahim is very happy with what he is doing at PSV and so it is possible that he will stay in Eindhoven, but he could also decide to move abroad. At the moment I cannot say anything else. We will see how the situation develops."

Capped 26 times for the Dutch, Afellay is not short of experience, playing several times in the Champions League at club level too.

Football Pools reports that the north London club will need around £7.5 million to bring the winger to the Premier League, and Wenger will have to consider if that's money well spent after focusing mainly on defenders in the window thus far.

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