AZ Almaar manager Gertjan Verbeek has encouraged star midfielder Adam Maher to join Arsenal if he decides to leave the club, Metro reports.

Maher, rated at £8.5million, has been one of the standout performers in the Eredivisie this season and his impressive form was rewarded with a first cap for Holland in the defeat to Belgium last August.

PSV Eindhoven have already registered their interest in acquiring the 19-year-old, who has five goals to his name this season, this month with the Moroccan-born teenager making no secret of his plans to leave the AFAS Stadium.

And Verbeek believes Maher’s potential would be better nurtured under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger and urged him to consider waiting for the Gunners to make an approach.

“I think Arsenal would be a good environment for him,” he said.

“Under Arsene Wenger, these young talents have often improved. I think he [Maher] is very good and can grow there a bit like Robin van Persie.”

Wenger is apparently looking to do some late business in the Premier League transfer window and has been linked with a surprise bid for Defensor Sporting forward Diego Rolan.

Reports in France claim the North London club have submitted a £6m offer for the 19-year-old, who is also being chased by Bordeaux as a replacement for the recently departed Yoan Gouffran.

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