Arsenal transfer news: Cabaye and Williams in their sights

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A select round-up of transfer news relating to Arsenal, including Yohan Cabaye, Paul Pogba, Ashley Williams and Asmir Begovic.

With a crisis of injuries in the midfield Arsenal are looking for new signings in that area to alleviate some of the issues in that partricular area of the squad. Yohan Cabaye has been identified as a potential signing with the London club tabling a bid in the region of £12m on Sunday.

Newcastle saw that as an unacceptable offer but it is expected that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal will return with an improved offer in the near future.

Juventus' Paul Pogba, formerly of Manchester United, is another reported target for the Gunners as they look to strengthen the depth of their squad.

Pogba is only 20 but had an outstanding season Serie A last year and has just broken into the French national team, it is thought a bid of at least £20m is needed to prise him away from the Italian club.

A striker and defender are still needed, Arsenal are willing to pursue Swansea duo Michu and Ashley Williams although it is thought it will take a bid of at least £35m for both of them. The Swans may be unwilling to give up their top scorer and captain this late into the transfer window.

Stoke City have been preparing to receive a bid for their goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Arsenal. The Gunners have been rumoured to be interested in a new goalkeeper, Wojiech Szczesny has had a string of below par performances. The Stoke ‘keeper had an excellent performance at the weekend at Anfield and would welcome the chance of a move.

Arsenal travel to Istanbul today for their Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce, they received some good news as Ramsey, Rosicky and Gibbs have been passed fit to play while Sagna will have a late fitness test.

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