Arsenal close on new defender target

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly close to agreeing a deal for BSK Borca defender Stefan Savic.

The 19-year-old defender recently enjoyed a successful ten-day trial at the Emirates, and now Arsenal are believed to be close to agreeing a fee for the youngster.

Early reports suggested that the two clubs were struggling to agree a deal, with the Serbian club holding out for a fee in the region of £2.5 million.

However, talks are in an advanced stage over a £2.25 million pre-contract agreement that would see Savic make the switch to the Emirates at the end of the 2009-10 season.

Savic has represented Montenegro five times at U21 level, and is seen as a future star in his homeland. Reports state that the pre-contract will be signed tomorrow, with Wenger keen to make the addition after missing out on defender Chris Smalling.

Offers were on the table from other clubs in the Premier League, but Savic snubbed rivals Spurs and in-form Birmingham City to take his chance with Arsenal.

"There were offers from Tottenham and Birmingham City, but once a call came from Arsenal, I had no more doubts," said Savic.

"Arsene Wenger made sure my papers were arranged and my work permit extended so I can be at more training sessions."

The deal will see Savic return to BSK for the remainder of the campaign before switching to England in the summer.

"A pre-contract will be signed on Thursday and then I will return to Belgrade and join BSK for their preparations. I will be staying with BSK until May."

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