Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Arsenal Lining Up Replacement Left back

Arsenal are preparing to fill the void left by Gael Clichy's £7 million move to Manchester City, by lining up Lyon defender Aly Cissokho.

According to reports Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in the Frenchman, who has been linked with a surprise move to Liverpool.

Cissokho is reportedly keen to move to the Premier League, but favours a move to London over Merseyside. When posed with the question of moving to England earlier this year he said: "I think this [the Premier League] is a league that suits me. It is a league where you can show power and get forward."

However, at the time the French international was coy as to revealing his ideal destination. "Whether it is clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, now Liverpool or Chelsea, they are clubs you dream about," he said.

Since joining from Porto in 2009, Cissokho has displayed his strength and ability to both attack and defend, key attributes Wenger as outlined in his search for a new left-back.

The Arsenal boss had been preparing a bid for Newcastle's sought after Jose Enrique, but with the player looking close to a move to Liverpool, that leaves Arsenal in the driving seat to snap up 23-year-old Cissokho.

There are suggestions that the defender could be snapped up for £10 million, although Lyon are hoping to hold out for around £12 million.

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