Arsenal are reportedly set to return for playmaker Eden Hazard in January after failing to secure the services of the Belgian this summer.

Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the 20-year-old, with the Gunners one of a handful of clubs across Europe courting the Lille star.

However, Arsenal were unable to secure a deal for the player before 11pm on deadline day Wednesday, and therefore failed to bring the player to the Emirates in 2011.

Reports in publication French Football claim the Gunners came close though, with Arsenal lodging a £28 million before the Ligue 1 outfit halted negotiations.

It's claimed Lille stopped talks citing that they would be unable to find a replacement in time, but Wenger is expected to come back with another offer in January in the hope of tempting the Ligue 1 side to sell.


Arsenal did make other moves on deadline day though, with Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta adding to the club's attacking midfield options.

Park Chu-Young was also added to bolster the cub's front-line, although Hazard is a long-term target and likely to remain on the Arsenal radar for the foreseeable future.

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