Arsenal are reportedly new favourites to land Dutch starlet Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
The versatile FC Utrecht forward, who made his name in the Eredivisie on the wing, was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the closing stages of the summer transfer window, with Roy Hodgson thought to be keen on bringing the player to Anfield.
However, First Post now claim that Arsenal are close to securing a deal for the player, with Robin van Persie set to play a pivotal role in a move that would see his compatriot join the Gunners.
Player agent Louis Laros told Sport.co.uk that an official bid is yet to come from Arsenal, or any Premier League club for that matter, but interest is mounting in the player.
"There are a number of teams interested in him but there is no club that has come to me or the club regarding Ricky. So at this moment there is nothing concrete but it could change very quickly," said Laros.
“You know for most of the Dutch players the Premier League is a dream, so when a club comes in, depending on the club and respecting FC Utrecht something could happen."
A full international after making his debut for Holland against Ukraine in August, Van Wolfswinkel has scored 17 goals in 24 games for his club this season.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen on adding attacking options at the Emirates, with the north London club thought to be concerned over strength-in-depth as the Gunners challenge for trophies on four fronts.
Liverpool will undoubtedly look to challenge any potential move from Arsenal in the opening month of 2011, and the two Premier League giants could go head-to-head in a battle for the 21-year-old.
Arsenal are favourites, but Liverpool will still fancy their chances with Dirk Kuyt likely to play a part in any possible negotiations.
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