Arsenal poised to complete South American signing

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Arsenal hope to secure the signing of Bolivian starlet Samuel Galindo after the club processed the player's work permit application.

The 17-year-old midfielder has been involved in training with the club's first team since agreeing a move here in January, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has renewed hope in getting Galindo involved at either Academy or senior level next season.

Galindo's transfer saga is a long-winded one, with the player expected to sign for the Gunners over Everton from Real America in the January transfer window.

However, allegations of 'age cheating' in his homeland meant an investigation into any move, and the window was shut before a deal could be signed between player and club.

The midfielder signed a development contract in March, but is not allowed to play for the club until a visa is granted by the Home Office.

It was therefore anticipated that the powerful central midfielder would follow the pattern of applying for a visa in Spain, and Galindo returned to Bolivia in May as he prepared the paperwork for a loan move to Salamanca.

He would have to spend three years with the Spanish side before earning EU citizenship, effectively a ticket back to the UK and the Gunners.

However, Young Guns reports that recent successes in applications for young players has given Frenchman Wenger hope in his quest for a permit. Argentine keeper Emilio Damián Martínez recently completed his move to the Gunners, with a work permit enabling the keeper to start as the Arsenal U18 keeper as of next season.

Manchester United have also had recent joy, with Mexican whizkid Javier Hernandez earning the right to ply his trade in this country.

The Emirates club will now have to wait for the response to their first efforts for Galindo, and could appeal a decision should it go against them in the first instance.

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