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Arsenal favourites to land Liverpool target

Arsenal could be set to beat Liverpool to the signature of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after Mirror Football reported the Dutch star favoured a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool were recently linked with Huntelaar by Espn, who claimed Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers was desperate to strengthen his attacking options. However, it is now understood the former Real Madrid ace is keen on a switch to Arsenal and has set his sights on a January switch to North London.

Arsenal have had an inconsistent start to the season so far with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger struggling to replace the recently-departed Robin van Persie. Ironically however, the loss of van Persie could pave the way for Huntelaar’s move to the Emirates.

The 29-year-old is understood to have believed he had little chance of playing for Arsenal while van Persie was  at the club, with the pair said to have a volatile relationship at international level.  However, it is now claimed the door is open for the former La Liga hitman to switch to the Emirates.

Huntelaar scored eight goals in 20 games for Real Madrid, having joined them from Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam in January 2009 for a fee reported to be in the region of £16 million, however, he was sold to Milan that summer and joined Schalke after just one season in Italy. The Achterhoek-born star has since gone on to score an impressive 40 goals in 62 games for the Bundesliga club

It had been suggested Liverpool could capture Huntelaar for  a knock down price of £6 million, as he is  of contract at the Bundesliga club during the summer, however, with the 29-year-old now eyeing a switch to Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers may be forced to look elsewhere to strengthen his squad at Anfield.

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