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Fabianski wants first-team football.

Arsenal star's contract snub attracts interest from five clubs

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Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has rejected a fresh three-year contract offer worth £50,000-a-week, with The Telegraph reporting that the stopper has decided his best chance of regular first-team football lies elsewhere to attract interest from five other clubs in England.

Fabianski has been a reliable deputy to countrymen Wojciech Szczesny in cup competitions this season, helping the Gunners reach the FA Cup semi-final with confident displays against both Liverpool and Everton.

That upturn in form led Gunners chiefs to decide that the 28-year-old was worth a deal amounting to £7.8m across three seasons, but the Polish international has rebuffed that offer of fresh terms.

Premier League trio Swansea City, Newcastle United and Cardiff City are all now tracking the situation closely with a view to a summer Bosman switch, with Fabianski free to discuss a move with interested clubs in the final few months of his Arsenal contract.

Championship promotion contenders Derby County and Leicester City are also interested, with Fabianski thought to be keen on extending his seven-year stay in English football.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will now be forced into the transfer market for a new goalkeeper this summer, with third choice Emiliano Viviano heading back to Italy when his loan spell expires, potentially without making a single first-team appearance.

Wenger has a tough decision to make in terms of picking a new stopper, with Szczesny installed as number one but definitely in need of strong competition to keep his starting spot.

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