Arsenal are targeting Southampton’s Victor Wanyama as the club steps up their pursuit of a new defensive midfielder, according to the Metro.

Arsene Wenger has been in the market this summer for a new central midfielder, but has been unsuccessful in his attempts to sign Sami Khedira, William Carvalho and Morgan Schneiderlin.

The Gunners’ captain Mikel Arteta picked up a knee injury against Besiktas in mid-week, and the situation looks to have forced Wenger into more urgent action in the transfer market.

It is believed that Arsenal are prepared to table a bid for Wanyama, seeing him as a cheaper alternative to their initial targets.

The Arsenal boss is a keen admirer of Wanyama, having already failed in an effort to sign him back in his Celtic days.

Southampton and Arsenal have built up a strong relationship over the years, with the North London club having signed a number of the Saints’ top young stars, including Calum Chambers earlier this summer.

Wanyama played 23 games in the Premier League last season for Southampton.

What do you think?

Sign in with Facebook and be
entered for a chance to
Win a pair of Puma evoPOWER football boots

Terms and Conditions

Why?

  • Sign up in 2 seconds
  • Use your FB profile image
  • No need to remember a password
  • See which of your friends would like this

Note: We don't post to your wall

Login

Comment without logging in

You will need to fill this out each time to comment so why not quickly login with Facebook!

*

What do you think?

Sign in with Facebook and be
entered for a chance to
Win a pair of Puma evoPOWER football boots

Terms and Conditions

Why login with Facebook?

  • Sign up in 2 seconds
  • Use your FB profile image
  • No need to remember a password
  • See which of your friends would like this

Note: We don't post to your wall