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What Rio Ferdinand said about ‘ridiculous’ striker Arsenal reportedly want to sign

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Ferdinand has hailed FC Porto striker Mehdi Taremi, a striker Arsenal was linked with while speaking on BBC on Monday.

According to CBS Sport, Arsenal were close to signing Taremi back in January as the striker was offered to the Gunners on a loan deal.

A move for him became necessary for Mikel Arteta who felt he needed to reinforce the attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of favour before he made the move to Barcelona.

Arteta’s men were left with just Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah for the second-half of the campaign.

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According to A Bola, the North London outfit are still one of the clubs that could be chasing Taremi’s signature in January.

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The 30-year-old impressed again at the World Cup with two goals against England despite losing the game by 6-2 in their opener at the World Cup.

Before the game, Ferdinand was full of praise for the Porto man.

“This guy knows how to score goals. He’s a bit of hybrid between a nine and a ten,” Ferdinand told BBC Sport.

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“He’s happy to come short or run through. He’s a really good player.

“This is what I mean, if they get on the counter and in transition and chances do fall to this guy, we will have to be worried.”

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