Report: Arsenal Submit £8.5m Bid For French Midfielder

By on August 29, 2013

Arsenal have submitted an £8.5m bid for St Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui, according to reports.

We brought you news early on Thursday that suggested Arsene Wenger was considering a move for the 22-year-old if he was unable to agree a deal with Newcastle for Yohan Cabaye.

Our £12m bid for the Geordie playmaker was rejected last week and it’s been reported that Newcastle are demanding £20m for the 27-year-old. It’s highly unlikely Wenger will sanction such a move and it seems he’s now decided to turn his attention to Guilavogui.

The Express are claiming that we’ve lodged an opening £8.5m offer and St Etienne could be willing to do business as they want to raise funds for new arrivals.

The Ligue 1 side have already sold star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Borussia Dortmund for £11m but are understood to be in need of a further cash injection, and Guilavogui looks likely to be sacrificed.

The youngster is a proper defensive midfielder who – standing at well over 6 foot and powerfully built – has the stature of Gunner Patrick Vieira. If he has half the talent he’ll be an excellent addition and he is also able to fill-in at centre-back if required.

I don’t know much else about the lad but right now, I’ll take anyone, I’m that desperate for new signings! I’ve always thought we need a powerful ball-winner in midfield and Guilavogui sounds like he could fit the bill nicely, so fingers crossed these reports are accurate and we get a deal done before the window shuts.

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