Arsenal back in race for Premier League star

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Arsenal are reportedly preparing a bid for Fulham defender Brede Hangeland.

The Norwegian centre back has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the past, and now Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to intensify his interest in the centre back.

Hangeland has had another fine season at Craven Cottage, helping Roy Hodgson's men to a Europa League final appearance as well as another solid Premier League campaign.

The defensive powerhouse made his debut for homeland club Viking in 2000, spending five years with the side he joined from junior club Vidar.

A 2006 move to Danish powerhouse Copenhagen raised Hangeland's profile, and he spent two successful years with Byens Hold before moving to the Premier League in January 2008.

Fulham beat a string of English clubs to Hangeland's signature, including Newcastle United and Liverpool, and the big defender hasn't disappointed since then.

Frenchman Wenger has been a fan of the Norwegian international since his move to these shores, and Standard Sport reports Arsenal hope to open talk with the Cottagers in the next few days.

Hangeland, who has 56 caps for his country, signed a new contract in November amidst interest from the Gunners. The north London side will now have to pay around £10 million to stand any chance of moving him across the capital.

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