Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Arsenal Considered £10m Bid For Kiev's Centre-Back

ARSENE WENGER is weighing up a £10million swoop for Dynamo Kiev star Pape Diakhate.

The Senegal centre-half excelled against Arsenal in the clubs’ Champions League meetings.

But the Gunners could face strong competition from Manchester City, while Portsmouth boss Tony Adams has also been linked with the defender.

Arsenal boss Wenger wants to bolster his backline and is certain to move for Diakhate if either under-fire William Gallas or wantaway Kolo Toure leave during the transfer window.

Diakhate, 24, is a Senegal international but holds a French passport after playing several years with Nancy.

He has been with Dynamo Kiev since last season and is regarded as one of the best centre-halves in the Champions League this season.

Gallas has come under fire for some poor games and his public outburst against his team-mates last month.

Toure is also understood to be unsettled football at the Emirates and City boss Mark Hughes has been tipped to make a £10m swoop for the Ivory Coast star.

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