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Report: Arsenal preparing Armando Izzo move

Genoa centre-back Armando Izzo has been scouted by Arsenal this month ahead of a possible January move, according to a report.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly considering a January move for Genoa centre-back Armando Izzo.

The 23-year-old came through the youth system at Napoli, but did not make a single first-team appearance for his hometown club, eventually moving on to Avellino, before joining Genoa in 2014.

According to Il Secolo XIX, Arsenal had a scout in attendance during Genoa's 0-0 draw with Napoli earlier this month and Izzo was the player being watched.

The tall defender, who is also believed to be attracting interest from elsewhere, has made 10 Serie A appearances for Genoa this season.

Arsenal are expected to be in the market for a new centre-back in the winter transfer window due to fears over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, who have both spent time on the sidelines thus far this season.

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· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
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