Arsenal keeping tabs on Karl Darlow

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Arsenal have joined the race to sign Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow this summer, who has also attracted transfer interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Sky Sports reports how the 23-year-old - who is regarded as one of the brightest young stoppers in England outside of the Premier League - is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs, and could leave the City Ground ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

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New Forest boss Stuart Pearce recently insisted that the Championship club would be unwilling to sell any of their star players, meaning that Darlow's growing list of suitors will be required to pay a significant fee for his services.

"The only way we will accept an offer for our best young players is if it is a sensational offer," Pearce was quoted during his press conference unveiling by the Daily Express.

Fabianski replacement

Arsene Wenger has been mooted as an admirer of the custodian as the Arsenal manager continues his search for a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski, who left the Emirates Stadium upon the expiry of his contract earlier this summer.

And, after Emiliano Viviano returned to Palermo after the completion of his season-long loan spell in north London, the Gunners now appear worryingly short of cover behind current number one Wojciech Szczesny.

However, Arsenal will face significant competition for Darlow's signature, with local rivals Spurs also keeping tabs on his situation in Nottingham.

Tottenham interest

Hugo Lloris is expected to remain Mauricio Pochettino's first-choice keeper at White Hart Lane next season, but the lower league youngster could come in as back-up ahead of veteran Brad Friedel.

Brendan Rodgers is another coach believed to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper to provide competition for Simon Mignolet between the sticks at Anfield.

Pepe Reina recently returned to Liverpool following his loan spell at Napoli, but is expected to depart Merseyside again before the close of the transfer window.

What happens next...?

Scouts from all three Premier League clubs have watched Darlow closely over the past 18 months, with his fine form prompting Nottingham Forest to offer the player a new contract last summer, in an attempt to ward off interest in his services.

It remains to be seen where Darlow will actually be plying his trade come August, but Arsenal now appear to be in the driving seat as Wenger presses ahead with plans to lure the talented star to the Emirates.

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