Arsenal close on Belgian starlet after phone call

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Arsenal are reportedly closing in on Belgian international Eden Hazard.

Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer of the 19-year-old, and the Arsenal boss has reportedly made contact with the Lille midfielder via a personal call.

The report in the French media has striking comparisons to when Wenger contacted Thomas Vermaelen, then at Ajax. Two weeks later, the Belgian centre back signed for the Gunners.

Hazard has constantly impressed at the Ligue 1 side since breaking into the Lille first team back in 2007, and the teenager was rewarded for his efforts earlier in the current campaign when signing a new contract with LOSC.

A string of european clubs are queueing up to take him away from Stadium Lille-Metropole, with Barcelona, AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Inter all thought to be tracking the diminutive playmaker.

Liverpool are another side who have been heavily linked with Hazard, who built on his reputation with two fine displays against the Reds in the Europa League last 16. He was on the scoresheet in the first leg of that tie.

It's Arsenal who appear best positioned to bring Hazard to England though, with the Gunners sending scouts to watch Hazard in a Belgian international recently.

Wenger was obviously impressed, following up the scouting reports with the aforementioned phone call, and could make a summer move when the transfer window re-opens.

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