'Interest confirmed' in Arsenal pursuit of €12m Bundesliga star

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A representative of Vfb Stuttgart has claimed reported Arsenal target Serdar Tasci could be on is way to the Premier League in January.

Tasci has long been on the radar of both Arsenal and Tottenham and the north London rivals could go head-to-head for his signature next month.

When questioned over Tasci's future with the club, Stuttgart's chief representative, Oliver Minzlaff, confirmed there is interest in Germany international.

He told “There is interest from the Premier League but it is still early, we will have to all have a talk in the break. But we will see."

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with both Arsenal and Spurs for some time and the agent of the €12 million-rated star said in the summer that his client would be honoured to play for either club.

"Serdar respects both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur as two of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and in Europe," Uli Ferber explained.

"He would love to play for such a well-supported club. Also he is a fan of [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger, the work he has done, and has great respect for him.”

The Arsenal boss is understood to be keen to bolster his backline, and signing a player of Tasci's calibre would represent quite a coup.

Arsenal have had their fair share of defensive woes in recent times, with the long-term injury of Thomas Vermaelen coinciding with the departure of three centre-backs from the Emirates.

However, Wenger did bring French pair Laurent Koscielny and Sébastien Squillaci to Arsenal in the summer to try to compensate for Vermaelen's injury, but his squad still lacks depth in the defensive department.

Wenger is still thought to be in the market for new blood and French centre-half Mamadou Sakho and Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen have also been linked with transfer window moves to Arsenal as they step up their pursuit of reinforcements.

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