FEYENOORD'S ARSENAL FRUSTRATION
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
It has long been thought that Dudek was top of Arsene Wenger's wanted list but his club's asking price appears to have deterred the Frenchman from pursuing that option.
Indeed, there was concern expressed a short time ago that Wenger was being forced to look elsewhere for a long-term replacement for David Seaman, with Edwin van der Sar also touted as a potential target.
"I can only say that, unlike Ipswich Town, we never had a serious offer from Arsenal," claims Feyenoord chairman Jorien van den Herik.
"However, I have had no confirmation that the interest in Dudek is off either.
"With all the news published, I had the impression that a contract had been negotiated, as well as the personal details on his move.
"This in spite of the fact that their vice-chairman David Dein told me that Dudek was just one of the candidates," he told ananova.com.
"I gave him my phone numbers and e-mail address and said I would await a serious offer from them.
"This has not happened yet."
With Barcelona signing Francesco Toldo from Fiorentina, another one of Dudek's possible destinations has been blocked, leaving agent Jan de Zeeuw to express some concern.
"I have been trying all day to establish a contact with Arsenal," he protested.
"The interest in Wright is true but I have not spoken to Arsene Wenger yet.
"At first, Arsenal did want Dudek as their keeper. But again, it is too early to say something."
The 28-year-old Pole is highly regarded within Europe but it remains to be seen where he can secure a move, particularly if the Rotterdam club insist on a sizeable transfer fee for his signature.
Feyenoord may instead look to cash in on talented Australian Brett Emerton, who is on the wanted list of a string of clubs after enhancing his reputation by scoring twice against New Zealand this week.
The versatile midfielder has declared that he cannot move to England, due to the current work permit regulations, but refused to rule out a switch to Spain or Italy, stating he would need to give it "careful consideration."
Arsenal are confident Wright will sign a contract at Highbury when he returns from his summer holiday at the start of next month, and Feyenoord may be left with some difficult decisions over how to fund their own summer spending spree.