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Egypt keeper El Hadary wanted by Arsenal

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is a target for Arsenal.

The Daily Mail says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been impressed with El Hadary, who last weekend inspired his country to retain the Africa Cup of Nations, defeating Cameroon 1-0 in the final in Ghana.

With the future of Germany keeper Jens Lehmann uncertain, Wenger is ready to bid this summer for El Hadary - who has been named the Ghana tournament's best goalkeeper for the second successive tournament.

El Hadary has won a string of national and continental honours with his club, Cairo giants Al Ahly. But he is now eager to move to the Premier League, and sounded out Chelsea striker Didier Drogba during Egypt's Nations Cup semi-final with the Ivory Coast.

"Drogba asked me if I would accept an offer to play in Europe, and I said that I am ready to go if my club accepted," El Hadary said.

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