Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he is interested in Fulham defender Brede Hangeland. The 6ft 5in stopper has made 52 league appearances for Roy Hodgson's side since arriving in January 2008, with the 28-year-old's rock-solid form last season helping the Cottagers seal a Europa League place, 12 months after avoiding relegation on the final day of the campaign. As a result, the Norwegian international - who has featured 53 times for his country - has been linked with moves to Aston Villa and Manchester City. While North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have also been tipped to sign the centre-back, with the Gunners having already lost defender Kolo Toure to Manchester City, while Philippe Senderos could be on his way to Everton. Hangeland had previously pledged his allegiance to Fulham, insisting he was happy to stay at the club and assist them in their European quest in 2009/10, only to later reveal that he was in no hurry to agree a new deal. And although Hodgson recently insisted there had been no offers for his prize asset, Wenger has now revealed that the stopper is on his shortlist. "We had a look at him, but we have not contacted Fulham, have not contacted Hangeland and have not made our choice on him or anybody else," he said. NEWS: Hodgson - No bids for Hangeland NEWS: Hangeland in no hurry over new deal NEWS: Hangeland happy to stay at Fulham NEWS: Hangeland agent quiet on Arsenal interest
7 August 2009
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