Could long-term Arsenal target be Liverpool’s next Steven Gerrard?

Brendan Rodgers’ charges have been linked with a move for Yann M’Vila, who has been impressing for Rubin Kazan.

As the transfer rumours continue to fill British newspapers, the latest player linked with a switch to Liverpool is someone who has been on the radar of Premier League clubs for quite some time.

France international midfielder Yann M’Vila was a reported long-term target for Arsenal, who were considering bringing the box-to-box man to north London in the summer of 2012 as a replacement for Alex Song.

The prodigious 23-year-old has since left Rennes and his homeland for a new challenge in Russia with Rubin Kazan. However, interest from the Premier League has continued, with his future still a source of contention.

M’Vila is close friends with Liverpool centre-half Mamadou Sakho, and has been reported as a target for the Anfield side over the last 48 hours.

A fee in the region of £10 million is believed to be adequate to convince Rubin to sell their star, as the Russian outfit has had repeated financial problems of late.

Napoli are also thought to be interested in the Frenchman, who will not be short of suitors if he is available.

But, with Liverpool having the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva and a rejuvenated Joe Allen in the centre of the park, do they need M’Vila?

At the moment there is no doubt that the Reds are well stocked in the boiler room, but with their skipper and talisman Gerrard ageing and subject to niggling injuries, a long-term replacement will be on Rodgers’ agenda in the near future.

Although Henderson is holding his hand up to be the club’s driving force in midfield, someone like M’Vila could well add quality, dynamism and athleticism to the Northern Irish manager’s options in the centre of the park.

At a price in the region of £10m for an able international 23-year-old, M’Vila represents a sound investment for the future.

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