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FOOTBALL: Jeffers targets top.

FRANCIS JEFFERS hopes his move to Arsenal can help to bring him England recognition.

The 20-year-old striker has joined the Gunners from Everton for an initial pounds 8million, which could rise to pounds 10million based on appearances.

Jeffers has yet to make the step up from the England Under-21 team to the senior side but believes moving to the north London club can only help his chances of earning full international honours.

"If you are playing at the top of the table, in the Champions League and winning trophies then people look at you, but I've not looked as far ahead as next year's World Cup," he said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also believes Jeffers will enhance his chances of international honours with his move.

Jeffers is only the second Englishman signed by Wenger during his five- year reign in north London.

And the boss said: "Sometimes if you take a foreign striker he's not used to that English hardness in the box and it takes time for him to adapt."

Meanwhile, Giovanni van Bronckhorst will turn to close friend Dennis Bergkamp to help him decide if his future lies with Arsenal.

The Highbury club are in talks with Rangers to secure the services of the highly-rated midfielder after a move to Chelsea collapsed.

Arsenal are reported to have offered pounds 8.5million for the Dutchman's signature and van Bronckhorst admits he would be tempted by the lure of Premiership football.

And he is set to talk to international teammate Bergkamp to find out what to expect if he were to swap Glasgow for London.

He said: "As a player I can't move without the blessing of Rangers. If I get that, then I would be interested in talking and looking to move on.

"I will be speaking to Dennis Bergkamp soon. He has experience of the Premiership and, of course, Arsenal and he is a good friend of mine."
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Date:Jun 15, 2001
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