£12m Arsenal striker target 'flying in' for talks - reports

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Arsenal are hoping to announce the signing of Lille striker Gervinho later this week, according to reports.

The Ivorian international has been the subject of intense media speculation with regards to a move to the Emirates, with the forward publicly admitting he would like to join the Gunners earlier in the month.

Fresh speculation in French publication L'Equipe now claims that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made a €12 million offer for the Ligue 1 hitman, a bid which which the champions will accept.

The Daily Mirror goes on to report that Gervinho is 'flying in' to London today for further negotiations with Arsenal as the two parties look to conclude the deal.

"We know that Gervinho has a personal interest in joining Arsenal," said Lille chairman Michel Seydoux earlier in the week.

Wenger has been tracking the 24-year-old for several months now, and the north Londoners appear to be on the cusp of securing their second signing of the summer following Carl Jenkinson's arrival from Charlton Athletic earlier in June.


A move to the Emirates has always been something Gervinho has worked towards, and his comments from 2008 now appear to be coming true.

"I need to keep working and Arsenal will open the door for me. I have dreamed about that club," he said.

"To play for them will be the best day of my life and I will do anything to play for Arsenal."

It might not be long now for last season's 15 goal striker, and with the player's contract set to expire next summer in France, Arsenal are in a fantastic position to secure the signature.

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