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Arsenal move a 'very interesting' option for £21m Liverpool target

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Liverpool target Eden Hazard admits he would open to a move to Arsenal, although he remains content at Lille for the time being.

The 20-year-old as been instrumental in taking the French club to the top of Ligue 1 this season and, hence, is known to be on the radar of a number of clubs across the continent.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal are known to interested in acquiring Hazard and are willing to bide their time in pursuit of the playmaker, with speculation mounting that summer enquiries will be made.

Damien Comolli and Arsene Wenger both revealed their admiration for the player last month and explained hinted that they would attempt to sign the youngster when he is made available by his current employers.

"We want a forward because we lack pace and penetration on the flanks," said Liverpool supremo, Comolli, on French television.

"[Lille attacker] Gervinho and Hazard are super players but I know the Lille board well and they won't sell in January."

Likewise, Wenger has confirmed his interest in Belgium international but admitted he did not want to disrupt the Ligue 1 club.


 

"He's a player that I have followed for some time, but I do not want to unsettle Lille now," explained the Arsenal boss.

"When he is available for transfer, we will see if there is the possibility to sign him."

Wenger's comments have led the £21 million-rated attacker to comment that a future move to Arsenal would be an interesting prospect - something that will no doubt serve as a blow to Liverpool.

"It's nice to be complemented by Arsene Wenger. Arsenal is a very interesting club," said Hazard, as reported by talkSPORT.

"But I've never been in contact with clubs seriously. How will I choose my future club? It would be on sporting reasons.

"A club that plays good football - and does not kick and run pointlessly - is very appealing to me but if I had the desire to join a big club, I would have gone by now.

"For now I'm under contract until 2014 and I'm good at Lille."

Investment in young talent is a priority for Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures (NESV) and they are unlikely to concede to Arsenal should Hazard come on the transfer market.

NESV are known to be keen to reduce the age of their current Liverpool squad as they look to continue their rebuilding job at Anfield.

The acquisition of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll - aged 24 and 22 respectively - has served as evidence of their quest to build a Liverpool squad that can develop together - as does their pursuit of teenage talents Connor Wickham and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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