An article in the Mirror claims that Arsenal’s pursuits of Mohamed Diame and David Villa are not yet over, despite both deals looking unlikely.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with Diame in particular this month, with West Ham keen to get the midfielder to commit to a new contract to rid him of his current £3.5million minimum release fee clause.
This price would represent something of a bargain for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who could do with strengthening his midfield after recent injuries to Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta.
Meanwhile, he is also prepared to try one last time for Barcelona striker Villa. The Catalans have made it clear they would like the player to stay as backup, but Villa himself wants more first-team football to get himself back into contention for the Spanish national team.
Even at 32, the former Valencia man would add great quality to Arsenal’s attack, which has struggled at times this season to replace the goals of Robin van Persie, who left for Manchester United in the summer.
Stories are bound to be flying around as the final days of the transfer window approach, but it is worth remembering that that is usually when Wenger liks to do his business.
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