Could Wenger hijack 'advanced stage' talks for striker he admires?

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Fulham are in negotiations for Konstantinos Mitroglou, but could Arsenal provide a late twist?

Greek international striker Konstantinos Mitroglou's name was one which did the transfer rounds towards the end of last year, when he was linked to both Liverpool and Arsenal.

The 26-year-old has an impressive 20 goals in 20 games in all competitions for club and country this season, firing Olympiakos into the Champions League last 16, where they are due to face Manchester United.

Their progression was perhaps a hint he would stay - confirmed by the fact he signed a new deal in late December, removing the €8 million release clause from his contract. It seemed to be the end of it.

Yet over the past 24 hours, reports have emerged to confirm Premier League club Fulham are in 'advanced negotiations' for Mitroglou's signature.

The Mirror report Fulham want to sign him for £11 million, with Olympiakos pushing for more if they do sell.

With Arsenal appearing to run into a German brick wall in their pursuit of Draxler, could Fulham have just alerted them to a shrewd back-up plan?

Mitroglou is a player Arsene Wenger admitted in November he admires, stating to Eurosport: "At Arsenal we know him well because we have played against Olympiakos in the Champions League.

"He has both physical presence and the ability to finish in the box."

The Mirror reported just last night in a separate report on Arsenal that the club are 'pondering' a last-gasp striker move should their move for Draxler fail.

If indeed Olympiakos are open to selling, and Mitroglou is happy to move on, with very few quality strikers on the market in the last few days of the window, a prolific player Wenger 'knows well', could become just the man to inspire their title bid - much to the chagrin of relegation threatened Fulham if they do.

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