Speculation Resurfaces That Brede Hangeland May Swap Fulham For Arsenal

The Norwegian international is again the subject of an apparent move to the north of the capital...
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is to use the entirety of the £15 million received from Kolo Toure's move to Manchester City to finance a bid for towering centre back Brede Hangeland, according to the London Evening Standard, who also reveal that Fulham aim to keep hold of their player by offering him a 100 per cent salary increase.

Hangeland has emerged as an inspired Roy Hodgson recruitment, as the well-travelled English trainer - who coached Hangeland while the pair were at Viking of Stavanger - has overseen a successful period of transition in west London, with the aerially-dominant 28-year-old a key part of the club's reliable defence.

The player has even scored against Arsenal. Last season the Gunners faced a trip to Craven Cottage during the early part of the season, but they left west London empty-handed, as Fulham defeated the red-and-whites by a 1-0 scoreline, struck from the toes of Hangeland (pictured).

Hodgson has long acknowledged that the Houston-born defender is a crucial part of his long-term plans with the Cottagers, and contract negotiations are expected to resume this week following a hiatus when the former Copenhagen star wed his wife last summer.

Arsenal have already made one defensive acquisition this summer, the £10-12 million recruitment of versatile centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, 23, a former Ajax captain.

Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly keen on Hangeland.

Alan Dawson, Goal.com