Arsenal & Liverpool striker target set for Lazio move

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Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a final blow in their pursuit of striker Burak Yilmaz.

Gazetta dello Sport claims Galatasaray sporting director Bulent Tulun has held successful negotiations with Lazio representatives, and a deal that includes an upfront fee and bonuses has been agreed.

The Daily Star claims a €12million fee has been agreed for the Turkish international, who will test himself outside of his homeland for the first time in his career.

Yilmaz had a chance to join Lazio last summer, but opted to move to Gala from Trabzonspor. 12 months on, and the Serie 'A' outfit finally appear to have their man.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been monitoring the player's situation, according to the paper, but was forced to move away from a striker signing to concentrate on strengthening his defence.

Sebastian Coates picked up an injury last week, and with Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho also on the Anfield treatment table, the Reds are short of options at the back.

Yilmaz would have added strength to the Liverpool attack, but their search must now go elsewhere if they decide to once again pursue a striker.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also had an interest in Yilmaz, according to the report, but never made a formal offer for the Turkish star.

The Gunners have already added one striker this summer, with Yaya Sanogo moving to the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer.

However, Wenger only has Olivier Giroud and Sanogo as his central strikers, and Yilmaz would have added some much-needed strength in the position for Arsenal. The north London outfit must now look elsewhere however.

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