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Arsenal are in negotiations with Feyenoord for Dutch starlet, Robin van Persie.

The Gunners’ first bid for the 20-year-old was rejected and now Feyernoord are anticipating a follow-up bid from the Premiership leaders.

Feyenoord spokesman Fred Blankemeijer said: “We’ve rejected a first bid and we’re waiting for Arsenal to come back to us.

“We’re waiting for written confirmation of a second bid from them.”

Van Persie has scored five goals this season and it seems he is eager to get away before the transfer window closes on 31 January, refusing to extend his deal with Feyenoord that expires in 2005.

His adviser, Erwin Boonacker confirmed the young striker’s desire to leave.

“Robin has informed Feyenoord that he will not extend his contract.

“In December, Robin was visited by an Arsenal representative and we informed Feyenoord about the interest from London.

“At the moment we are not negotiating but when Feyenoord and Arsenal reach an agreement, we will start negotiations with Arsenal.”

Arsene Wenger is searching to strengthen his attacking options with Sylvain Wiltord, Dennis Bergkamp and Jeremie Aliadiere all sidelined through injury and Nwankwo Kanu travelling to the African Natons Cup with Nigeria.

Van Persie is predominantly a left winger but Arsene Wenger will look to shape him into an out and out striker to help take the goal scoring weight off Thierry Henry’s shoulders.

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