Tuesday 27 September 2016

Victor Wanyama is Arsene Wenger's top January target

Published 21/12/2015 | 08:49

Victor Wanyama (right)
Victor Wanyama (right)

Arsenal will do all they can to sign Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama in January, according to The Mirror.

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The Gunners have been hit hard by long-term injuries in central midfield to Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, and Wanyama is wanted to fill that void.

 According to the Mirror, Wanyama is Arsene Wenger's first-choice target for the defensive midfield role, and the club are hopeful that a bid of around £15m will force Southampton's hand.

Wenger is known to be a long-term admirer of the Kenyan and tried to sign the 24-year-old twice in the past.

A short-term alternative to Wanyama would be Paris Saint-German central midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Rabiot is open to a loan move in January, and The Sun claim he could even move permanently in January for as little as £10m.

Arsenal are one of the interested cliubs, but PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the Frenchman is not for sale.

 Al-Khelaifi said: "He's 20 years old, plays regularly in a big team. He's come through the youth academy - the club has given him a lot. I'll never accept that he considers himself more important than the club.

"The club will always be more important than any player. He's a big talent. My dream is that he might become captain of PSG one day. But he has to respect the club, the coach and his teammates.

"He's part of the PSG family and he should respect it. He understood the message. He'll be there at 100 per cent in January."

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