Arsenal target German international after scouting trip

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Arsenal are the latest club to be linked with a move for German defender Jerome Boateng.

The 21-year-old defender was the subject of much transfer speculation in January, and now Arsenal are reportedly scouting the youngster with a view to a permanent summer move.

Boateng has been a long-time target of Manchester City, who were favourites to land the Hamburg defender in the transfer window.

However, a move failed to materialise with Boateng set to sign a contract extension with HSV. That contract is yet to be penned, with a minimum fee release clause believed to be the stumbling block between the two parties.

The Sunday Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger sent scouts to watch the German international last month, with the Frenchman looking to take advantage of growing unrest at HSH Nordbank Arena.

Signed from Hertha Berlin for a fee in the region of €1.1 million back in 2007, Boateng has built on his growing reputation with consistent performances in the Bundesliga.

In the same season as his transfer, Boateng made his debut for the Germany U21 side and would go on to earn 15 caps at that level. His debut for the senior side came in 2009, although the youngster was sent off in that game against Russia.

The age of the Gunners defence is undoubtedly an issure for Wenger, with Sol Campbell at 35 and William Gallas at 32. Thomas Vermaelen is the only other recognised centre back at the Emirates Stadium.

Boateng would add both depth and quality in the position, and Wenger could well make a move when the transfer window re-opens.

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