Arsenal set sights on new keeper

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Arsenal are reportedly closing in on veteran Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer.

The 37-year-old stopper has been a reported target at the Emirates for several months, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger having bids of £2 million and £3 million turned down by the Cottagers.

Roy Hodgson's departure was thought to have opened the door for the Gunners over a potential move, but Fulham have stood firm since and reiterated their desire to keep Schwarzer at Craven Cottage.

An English football and Premier League veteran, the Aussie joined Bradford City in 1996 before moving to Middlesbrough the following year. Schwarzer would spend over eleven years at the Riverside and make 445 appearances in all competitions for the club.

A move to west London on the expiration of his contract in 2008 proved another step up for Schwarzer, who has got better with age and had arguably his best season last term as Fulham fought their way to the Europa League final.

The Sun reports that Wenger has offered a deal that utilises the goalkeeper's skills and experience, with Schwarzer seen as the perfect tutor to young talent Wojciech Szczęsny. The Polish stopper is seen as the long term No. 1 at the Emirates, potentially after a couple of years under Schwarzer's wing.

It's thought that the north London club will now need to spend in the region of £4 million to bring the Sydney stopper across the capital, a figure that could yet prove to be a stumbling block in any possible deal.

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