Report: Arsenal prepare Lars Bender bid

Arsenal reportedly line up a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender.

Arsenal are reportedly preparing a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has identified the midfielder as someone who can add some physicality to his ranks, and a bid this coming transfer window is understood to be planned, according to the Daily Mail.

Arsenal failed with a bid of around £19m last summer, but are ready to return at the end of the season with an improved offer after scout Steve Rowley gave a glowing recommendation having watched Bender in action a number of times.

The Gunners are currently fourth in the Premier League.

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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