Koscielny keen on Gunners

Lorient central defender Laurent Koscielny is desperate to leave France and join Arsenal this summer, according to the player's agent.

The highly-rated 24-year-old has only been with his current club for one season, but would like the chance to try his luck in England next season.

Agent Stephane Canard told France Football:"French and foreign clubs have shown interest. Among them, there are the Gunners.

"It is difficult to not listen to someone like Arsene Wenger when he is attracted. Any player is tempted to work with him.

"Lorient's officials want to get an eight-digit fee and negotiations have started. With some bonuses, we are not that far away.

"One year ago, coming to Brittany was a real sporting choice. During last season, German clubs showed interest, but it didn't go any further.

"Now it is different as the season is over. Without being critical of Lorient, Laurent is 24 years old and has others ambitions.

"He recently called his chairman and coach to tell them he absolutely wants to join Arsenal."

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