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Sylvain Wiltord could be Arsenal's fourth, and final, major capture of the close season, after it has been revealed that progress has been made by Arsene Wenger in his bid to lure Wiltord to Highbury.

Wiltord has expressed a desire to quit Bordeaux and play in The Premiership, and Wenger is known to be a great admirer of his talents, but an enquiry was rebuffed by the 1999 Le Championnat champions.

However, a major stumbling block has involved the fact that 35 percent of the fee must be paid to Deportivo La Coruna, but the reported intervention of main sponsors, M6, plus a justification of an increased bid in the wake of his Euro 2000 efforts, could see the deal resurrected.

Deportivo are believed to have agreed a deal with his former club, Rennes, whereby they would obtain his services back in 1997 but, when Wiltord decided he would stay in France instead, Bordeaux had to forego part of the ownership of the player, to ensure the Spanish side did not completely miss out.

Wenger is said to be ready to offer a massive 150 million francs (around £14.2 million) in a determined bid to wrap up the signing of Wiltord, with Bordeaux settling for around 86 million francs (approximately £8.2 million) for their main share of the mobile attacker.
 
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