Arshavin on Khazar’s radar

Several clubs in Azerbaijan are in a financial position to sign

Andrey Arshavin should he depart Arsenal in the summer, according

to a Khazar Lankaran spokesman.

Arshavin has fallen out of favour in North London, failing to

make a single Premier League start this season and notching up a

total of just 11 appearances.

Reports in Russia suggest clubs in Azerbaijan and Australia have

their eye on the 31-year-old, whose contract with the Gunners is

due to expire in the summer.

Yalchin Aliyev, a spokesman of Azerbaijan club Khazar, says his

side are among four of the country’s Premier League sides who have

the funds to try and tempt Arshavin.

Former Wales boss John Toshack recently took over as manager at

the club and Aliyev says the manager will consider which areas of

his squad need strengthening.

He told izvestia.ru: “At the moment there are only four teams in

Azerbaijan who could be ready to pay for such a player as

Andrey.

“Apart from Khazar it’s Quabala, Neftci and Baki.

“We have a new coach: the popular John Toshack. At the moment he

has to check the squad and decide in which positions he should

strengthen the team.”