West Ham target Dragovic admits his 'dream' to play for rivals Arsenal

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West Ham target Aleksandar Dragovic has admitted that he'd love to play for their rivals Arsenal.

With concerns growing over the future of centre back Winston Reid, it's little surprise that West Ham have been linked with a host of defenders ahead of the January transfer window.

New Zealand international Reid, 26, is out of contract next summer, meaning he cut move on for a cut-price fee next month as the Hammers try to prevent losing him for nothing.

Dan Burn (Fulham), Martin Hinteregger (Red Bull Salzburg) and Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille) have all been touted as January targets for West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, whilst Hinteregger's international partner Aleksandar Dragovic is by far the most ambitious of the reported targets.

The Austrian centre back, formerly of Basel, is currently playing in Ukraine with Dynamo Kiev, and his impressive displays for club and country have triggered interest from the likes of Juventus and even Manchester United.

West Ham still sent scouts to watch him play against Russia last month, but would no doubt face competition for his signature, especially having been so strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent years.

Now, in an interview with Austrian website SportNet, Dragovic has admitted that playing for the Gunners is a dream of his, but isn't getting too wrapped up in the rumours.

"Of course, you can hear a lot of rumors, but I still have three and a half year contract with Dynamo Kiev, so I deal with it," said Dragovic. "If something is on the table, I'll look at it myself. I can not influence anything. But yes, Arsenal, is a childhood dream."

Arsenal need defensive reinforcements in the transfer window, and Dragovic's revelation could tempt Wenger, whilst disappointing Allardyce in the process.

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