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​Arsenal missed out on late chance to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Adam Hlozek

Arsenal failed with a late transfer move to sign Bayer Leverkusen's Adam Hlozek.

The striker's father has claimed that the Gunners were on the tail of the highly rated young forward this summer.

He netted 40 goals in 131 appearances for Sparta Prague since his professional debut, despite only being 19.

However, his father Zbynek Hlozek states that Arsenal were too late in their bid, and that a move to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany was all but agreed by then.

"There was Newcastle, they were somewhere else financially. Lyon, Sevilla, Dortmund, Bayern… however, we wanted to give the next step a little sense, so as not to jump to a mega club right away," Zbynek Hlozek told

"When Leverkusen was almost done, we heard about a huge intervention from Arsenal. But the negotiation was already a long way down the line.

"Borussia Monchengladbach were the same, they spoke to Adam personally twice in the spring.

"They were excited about him but they didn't have the financial strength."

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