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Arsenal looking to land Genk defensive midfield whizkid Sander Berge for £18million

But Gunners face fierce competition from Sevilla, Monaco and maybe Everton in race for the Norweigan international

Arsenal have Genk whizkid Sander Berge on their radar.

The 19-year-old Norwegian defensive midfielder has been watched several times by the Gunners, who are considering making a bid of around £18million.

Sander Berge...could cost £35million

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Sander Berge…could cost £35million

But according to the Daily Mirror they will have to pip Sevilla, Monaco and Everton – who tried to sign the youngster last season – to his signature.

Arsene Wenger has tried several options in his hunt for a worthy enforcer in front of his back line.

The Frenchman, who has just signed a new two-year deal at the Emirates, has Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny in the past couple of seasons.

But he appears to have run out of patience with both of them.

Granit Xhaka showed improved form in the last few weeks of 2016/2017 and remains a decent option, but Wenger is still keen to reinforce a position he sees as vital to improving Arsenal’s fortunes in the Premier League.

Berge is a terrific defensive midfield prospect

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Berge is a terrific defensive midfield prospect

Granit Xhaka...hit some good form at the back end of last season

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Granit Xhaka…hit some good form at the back end of last season

Berge has won three senior Norway caps, having played 15 times for Genk in the Belgian and Europa Leagues last season.

Everton were linked with Berge last summer, when he was at Valerenga.

But the Toffees have a different scouting network led by former Leicester man Steve Walsh.


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