Gunners challenge Liverpool for international stopper

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Arsenal have joined the race to sign Australian international keeper Brad Jones.

The 28-year-old stopper has emerged as the surprise summer transfer target for two Premier League giants, with Arsenal now joining favourites Liverpool in the battle for the former Bayswater City junior.

After joining Middlesbrough as a teenager in 1999, Jones played for four clubs on loan before making his Boro debut in the FA Cup third round clash against Notts County.

Another loan spell would follow before Jones returned to the Riverside stadium permanently, and the Aussie has since become the No.1 on Teeside after mentor Mark Schwarzer left for Fulham in the summer of 2008.

An injury at the start of that campaign briefly saw Jones lose his starting place, but he would earn that back mid-way through the season.

Now, both the Gunners and Reds want Jones as their new back-up keeper, although The Metro speculates that Jones could be offered the chance to become number one at the Emirates should he join the north London club.

Arsene Wenger has been linked with a string of goalkeepers this summer, whilst Roy Hodgson has had a bid in the region of £2 million turned down for the Championship keeper.

Metro also claims that the pair are set to offer £2.5 million for Jones, with both clubs set to discuss personal terms leaving the keeper with both options available.

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