Gunners close on Belgian wonderkid

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is being linked with a move for Belgian teenager Eden Hazzard.

The Lille playmaker is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in Europe, and Arsenal are one of a number of clubs to be linked with the player over the last 12 months.

19-year-old Hazard has 13 international caps to his name already, and was a reported Gunners target as recently as April. Premier League champions Chelsea, Manchester United and Inter Milan have also been linked with the player in the past, and the Blues were thought to have monitored the player closely last season.

Teenage winger Hazard has previously stressed an interest in plying his trade at the Emirates, and would continue Wenger's policy of bringing exciting young talent to north London.

French media sources report that Wenger will look to sign Hazard as part of a double swoop, with Les Dogues keeper Mickael Landreau also thought to be on the wish list of the Frenchman.

The Daily Mail reports that the Gunners have already approached Lille about the availability of their stopper, and could take the opportunity to negotiate the subject of a move for Hazard.

Highlighted as a star of the future by Zinedine Zidane, Hazard made his debut for the club in 2007 after graduating from the Lille youth setup. A regular in the last two campaigns, the midfielder has made 94 appearances in all competitions and already has Europa League experience under his belt.

Undoubtedly a star of the future, Wenger would be keen to avoid a bidding war and attempt to sort a deal for Hazard quickly if the reports are true.

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