Arsene Wenger
Amutu claims Arsene Wenger has been impressed by him. Getty

Nigeria striker Austin Amutu claims he is on the brink of signing for Arsenal after catching the eye of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

According to the Evening Standard, the 22-year-old is currently on a training contract with Israeli side Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona. But Amutu already has his eye on greater things and believes he is "not far away" from completing his "dream" move to the Emirates.

"It has been my dream to play for Arsenal, they came for me while I was at [Nigerian club] Warri Wolves and I think it was money that truncated the whole thing. By now I should be playing for Arsenal, or any team in England," he told AfricanFootball.

Amutu goes on to add Arsene Wenger has kept a watchful eye on his progress and has also recommended him to French club Angers, who are enjoying a remarkable campaign in Ligue 1 which sees them sat third at the halfway stage of the season.

"I am happy that a coach like Wenger has interest in me for long, [he] still keeps his eyes on me and has not lost interest. I believe I am not far away from my dream of playing for Arsenal. He recommended me to Angers. The French team watched me score in Toto Cup semi-finals."

Arsenal also appear to be on the brink of sealing a move for FC Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny. The Guardian reported last week the midfielder has already completed a medical ahead of his move to the Emirates and on Monday 4 January the 23-year-old the club's first training session back following their winter break. On his absence, Basel noted on their official website noting: "There could be a transfer in the coming days."