Llorente loan deal targeted and Wilshere to be dropped by England

News from Arsenal FC this morning including Fernando Llorente, Jack Wilshere and Kjetil Haug.

Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to make a move for Juventus and Spain striker Fernando Llorente. The former Athletic Bilbao striker joined Juventus on a Bosman deal this summer - but has struggled for first team football since arriving in Turin.

Now considerably down the pecking order for the Spanish national team the centre forward fears a continued lack of playing time will see him miss out on the World Cup squad for Los Rojos.

Juventus are reportedly unwilling to sell the 28-year-old, but a loan deal, with the aim of completing something permanent in summer 2014, could be a solution.

Wenger feels Arsenal need extra cover for Olivier Giroud, with nicklas Bendtner currently the second choice striker.

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Jack Wilshere is set to be left out of the first-team for England tonight for the game against Montenegro. The Arsenal midfielder has been in the news for negative reasons recently, with his smoking scandal and comments about eligibility for the England team.

But it is believed neither incident is actually behind the decision to drop Wilshere.

Wilshere has struggled for top form this campaign, and has reportedly not impressed Roy Hodgson in training this week.

Hodgson is set to play Danny Welbeck, James Milner, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in a four man midfield.

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Arsenal have just signed young goalkeeper Matt Macey, and it appears that means they will not be signing young Norwegian stopper Kjetil Haug.

The teenage Norwegian stopper has also been on trial with Everton and Manchester City - but it is Manchester United who appear to be his first-choice, after admitting they were his boyhood club:

"It was very special to be on trial at United since I am supporter myself. United is in that respect very well received when I decide on my future.’’

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