Report: Arsenal planning Lars Bender swoop

Leverkusen's midfielder Lars Bender plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen in the German city of Gelsenkirchen on April 13, 2013
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Arsenal are hopeful of sealing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, according to a report.

Arsenal are reportedly hopeful of sealing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender.

The 25-year-old was expected to be part of Germany's World Cup squad, but was forced to withdraw following a thigh injury.

According to The Mirror, Arsenal have been tracking Bender for over a year and believe that they can agree a fee of £15m for his transfer.

Bender has scored four goals during his 17 appearances for the German national side.

Leverkusen's midfielder Lars Bender plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen in the German city of Gelsenkirchen on April 13, 2013
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