Gunners 'set to win race' for €18m Liverpool wing wizard target

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Arsenal are reportedly set to win the race to sign Lille starlet Eden Hazard.

The Belgian international winger has been linked with a string of clubs across Europe after a number of impressive seasons in Ligue 1, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is one of the parties known to be interested in the player.

Real Madrid and Liverpool were also thought to be keen on the player, with Roy Hodgson eager to add to his attacking options at Anfield.

Wenger is thought to have the edge however, with Clubcall reporting that the player has previously admitted a desire to move to the Emirates. The website goes on to claim that Arsenal look set to sign the player in the summer.

Lille are eager to keep hold of their star player for the remainder of the season, but an €18 million bid from the Gunners is thought to be enough to bring the player to north London.

Recently announced bumper profits are also thought to transfer into a sizable transfer kitty for Arsenal, and the valuation should not be an issue for the Gunners.

Liverpool are also thought to have money to spend in January, and Hazard was reportedly one of the targets on Merseyside as Hodgson fights for his position.

Premier League rivals Chelsea were also mooted to be interested, but it's the interest of Liverpool and Arsenal that seems more concrete, with the later now appearing to hold the cards.

Hazard's agent has previously confirmed that player will stay with Les Dogues for the remainder of the current campaign, something that would appear to end the chances of Liverpool landing the player.

Wenger is notorious for getting the best out of young talent at Arsenal, and the signing of Hazard would be heralded as a real coup for the Emirates outfit.

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