Liverpool a 'realistic option' for €11m Arsenal striker target

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Ola Toivonen - a long-term transfer target for Liverpool - could become a summer transfer target for Arsenal, according to reports.

The 24-year-old PSV Eindhoven striker has recently found himself in the headlines after receiving a four match ban for elbowing Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, but his goalscoring prowess has attracted the interest of a number of potential suitors.

Toivonen was the subject of intense interest from Liverpool during Roy Hodgson's brief reign at Anfield, and found himself being monitored by representatives from the Merseyside club on a number of occasions.

The Swedish marksman gave a clear indication of his talents by netting five times in two games while Hodgson's assistant Sammy Lee was observing, and he also scored in an international friendly against Scotland; which was witnessed by the former Liverpool boss.

Indeed, it was soon confirmed that the €11 million-rated marksman had been considered as a potential partner for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.

"We have discussed his name, that's true," Hodgson told Sky Sports.

Now, according to Sportingo, Arsenal are ready to enter the race for the Swede when the transfer window reopens in the summer as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his beleaguered strike force.

With Robin van Persie's chequered injury history a constant worry for the Arsenal boss - as well as the unreliability of Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh - Wenger is reported to be keen to bring reinforcements to the Emirates Stadium come June.


Arsenal have also been linked with Lorient's Kevin Gameiro and Lech Poznan hotshot Artjom Rudnevs in their pursuit of new faces and are likely to face stiff competition should they lodge an official enquiry for for Toivonen.

The forward could have quite easily been playing for Liverpool this season after he revealed that the Reds had registered their interest - but PSV blocked any potential move.

"Initially, I really didn't know how to act when I heard about Liverpool's interest. PSV and Liverpool hadn't agreed terms yet, but that seemed a realistic option," Toivonen told Voetbal International - as reported by

"I didn't know whether it was the right thing to do to leave PSV for Liverpool,

"I discussed it with a lot of people and eventually reached the conclusion that it wasn't the right time to sign for Liverpool. I could have caused problems that PSV didn't want to sell me, but I had plenty of reasons not to do so.

"It was good to see that PSV considered me to be an important player. Additionally, the timing wasn't right. Pre-season had already ended and all first team places were pretty much taken."

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