The Russian star Fulham could sign for free in the summer


Fulham have reportedly made a fresh approach for a high profile Russian Premier League star.

Martin Jol tried to sign Andrey Arshavin from Arsenal over the summer and according to the Daily Mirror, he is trying to do so again.

Fulham are thought to be keen on adding the Russian to their squad to go alongside other recent high profile arrivals such as Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United.

Fulham’s interest not only provides a way out of Arsenal for Arshavin, it creates the chance for him to stay in London and to play more regular first team Premier League games.

He would fit in nicely with the current Fulham side and his versatility would make him a valuable player for the club. He can play a combination of different roles in the team; left midfield, central midfield or just off the main striker.

His experience would also be vital. He is only 31-yars-old so has a good chunk of his career left and he has the experience of having played at a very high level with the Gunners and with Russia for a number of years.

Arshavin has failed to hold down a regular place in the Arsenal side so far this season and Arsene Wenger seems willing to offload the players who are surplus to requirements at the Emirates.

Any fee involved in a permanent transfer is likely to be on the more affordable side for Fulham with the only stumbling block being a low multi-million pound fee so shortly after the Berbatov deal.

Arshavin’s contract with Arsenal expires this summer which means unless the club sells him now, Fulham could be in prime position to come in and sign him on a free transfer in the summer.

Wenger showed by selling Robin Van Persie to Manchester United that he is much more willing to sell to another Premier League side for cash than to risk his best players walking away for nothing.

Reading are thought to be the competitors for Arshavin’s signature although the ambitious Russian is much more likely to join a side which can compete in the top half of the table over a team struggling to fight off the threat of relegation.

Joining Reading would also mean upheaval for Arshavin in terms of moving away from London, something he has expressed his desire to prevent since joining the Gunners.

Tell us what you think, would it be a good move for the player? Can Reading hijack any deal?

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