Gunners tipped to use Dutch connection to land strike wonderkid

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Arsenal have joined the race to sign Dutch starlet Luc Castaignos.

The 18-year-old Feyenoord striker has emerged on the radar of a string of top European clubs following a string of impressive Eredivisie displays, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger one of the managers monitoring the situation.

Inter Milan have been confirmed in the race to sign the player, with Rafa Benitez's technical director already holding talks with De Kuip.

Agent Arie Treffers confirmed: “The two technical directors of [Inter and Feyenoord] have met, Marco Branca and Leo Beenhakker. At this time there is only conversation between the two.

“Arsenal and Tottenham’s interest? Around him there are many clubs interested but Inter is the only one that has actually moved concretely.”

The news could hurry the Gunners into a potential move for the player, and Wenger is expected to turn to Robin van Persie in any possible negotiations.

A compatriot of Castaignos, Van Persie has become an Emirates star after joining Arsenal under the Frenchman, and the striker would be given the job of persuading the player that the Premier League is the best place for him.

North London rivals Spurs are also mentioned by the player's agent, and the Daily Mail confirms that both they and Arsenal are interested in bringing the teenager to their respective clubs.

With six league goals to his name this season thus far, interest is set to grow further in the young talent, and Arsenal may have to move fast if they wish to secure the player's services in the New Year.

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Robin Van Persie
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