Gunners plot deadline day move for French international

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for French keeper Hugo Lloris as the 6pm transfer window deadline approaches.

The Lyon stopper has been linked with a move to north London for several months now, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly placing the keeper on his shortlist back in May.

23-year-old Lloris began his career at Nice, graduating from their youth academy to make his senior debut as a teenager in 2005. After three successful years at Les Aiglons, OL paid €8.5 million for the player to make the Ligue 1 switch.

At international level, Lloris represented Les Bleus at various junior levels before earning his first full cap against Uruguay in 2008. The goalkeeper has now made 14 appearances for France and is the recognised No.1 under new manager Laurent Blanc.

Talksport reports that the Gunners are to make a £12 million bid for the stopper as Wenger runs out of time to find a replacement for Manuel Almunia. Additional reports even suggest that Almunia has even been offered to Lyon as part of a player-plus-cash deal.

Elsewhere in the British press, The Daily Telegraph reports that the Emirates club could make a last ditch effort to bring Australian international Mark Schwarzer to the club. Mark Hughes is keen to keep the player, but a £4 million bid could see the player make a move across the capital.

It seems clear that Frenchman Wenger is desperate to add a new No.1 to his ranks before the end of activity today. With time starting to run out, the Gunners might have to increase their offers if they are to land either player late in the day.

Lyon appear to have rebuffed any possible move also, with the club suggesting that the keeper will not leave the Stade de Gerland.

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