Arsenal are ready to hand Israeli wonderkid Omri Altman a trial just a week after the 16-year-old trained with Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail.
Altman has been dubbed the ‘new Yossi Benayoun’ since breaking into Maccabi Tel Aviv’s first team and is one of the most highly rated players to have come out of the country.
It was recently reported Liverpool had taken Altman to their Melwood training ground with the view to running the rule over the former Maccabi youth team captain.
Now, though, it seems the Anfield side may not have moved quick enough to secure the signing of the youngster and Arsene Wenger is ready to swoop.
The Gunners manager has a history of bringing young talent to the Emirates (or Highbury in the past) and making stars of them.
With two clubs seemingly interested in bringing him to the Premier League, it seems Altman will have a choice of club to join.
Liverpool could have a slight advantage as they have a history of having Israeli players, including Benayoun, Avi Cohen and Ronny Rosenthal, whereas Arsenal could have a footballing advantage.
Alan Hazan, the Israel under 17 coach, recently commented: “It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that he has been invited to a club like Liverpool.
“If Omri moves to Liverpool today I can say with absolute certainty that at 21 or 22 he will be a super important player at the club. The club will install in him virtues of the highest level.”
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