Arsenal keen on signing Dutch striking partner

It appears as if Arsenal are unlikely to stand by and watch their Premier League rivals strengthen their attacks this January without submitting a bid of their own for FC Twente forward, Luuk de Jong.

The trio of Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle United have all been associated with moves for the Dutch international but it appears as if the Gunners now see reason in signing the youngster.

De Jong has impressed greatly on all fronts over the past year, and in 48 appearances in the 2010-11 Eredivisie season, the youngster racked up a total of 19 goals.

However, the player’s growth is an even more promising feature as in the current 2011-12 campaign, the 21 year-old has scored 13 goals for the Dutch side in just 19 games across all competitions.

It’s specifically this kind of potential that caused Bert van Marwijk to call the striker up from Holland’s Under-21 setup and insert him directly into the nation’s senior squad, for whom he has now made six appearances scoring a sole goal.

The FC Twente hitman has linked up with Arsenal captain Robin van Persie and it’s now looking possible that the pair could develop a partnership on a domestic level also.

Although de Jong has hinted that he will opt to stay in the Dutch top flight until the summer, the De Graafschap youth graduate is known to have had a rocky relationship with previous managers at Twente, and may agree to a £12m exit in order to escape the reign of Steve McLaren.

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