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The Bundesliga outfit have laughed off rumours the striker was close to a move to the Premier League on transfer deadline day, with the Gunners eventually signing Danny Welbeck

Schalke director Horst Heldt has dismissed suggestions that Arsenal attempted to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on transfer deadline day and says that the club hope to keep him beyond the expiration of his contract in 2015.

A number of reports earlier this week claimed that Arsenal had turned their attention to Huntelaar in the search for a new striker, before eventually signing Danny Welbeck from Manchester United instead.

Yet Heldt has now stressed that the Gunners never made a move for Huntelaar, whilst also insisting that there was no interest from any other clubs for the 31-year-old.

"There was no approach from Arsenal or from any other club," Heldt was quoted as saying by Kicker. "Klaas-Jan is part of Schalke's core. We can definitely see him sign a contract renewal here.

"He is a great player, an absolute modern professional. He's always hungry for success and wants to achieve his goals."

Huntelaar netted 12 goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke in an injury-disrupted 2013-14 campaign.

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