Gunners target former Italian U21 star

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Arsenal are the latest club to be linked with a move for Italian keeper Emiliano Viviano.

The Bologna stopper has built on his growing reputation during a fine season with the Serie 'A' strugglers, and now Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be considering a summer move for the 24-year-old.

Viviano, who is part-owned by Inter Milan, moved to Brescia as a junior and made over 125 league appearances for the Serie 'B' side.

Inter confirmed that Viviano would spend the 2009-10 season on loan at Bologna after becoming involved in a deal for the player in January '09, and the keeper has been No.1 at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara since moving to the club.

An Italian U21 international who also featured at U20 level and in the country's Olympic team, Viviano is tipped to receive a senior call-up at international level by the Italian media after the World Cup.

Italian paper Tuttosport claim that the Gunners have joined Fiorentina in showing their interest for the keeper, with Wenger looking to bring a new keeper to north London.

The Emirates club have been linked with Gianluigi Buffon, Sebastien Frey and Joe Hart in recent weeks, with Wenger desperate to strengthen in the goalkeeping position.

Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski failed to capitalise on their opportunities last season, and Viviano joins the list of potential signings that the Frenchman is looking in to.

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