Wenger eyes £6m January deal for versatile French ace; perfect Arsenal addition?

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Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin is reportedly a target for Arsenal.

One of the worst kept secrets of the upcoming January transfer window is that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger needs to bring in another defender.

With Laurent Koscielny missing for most of the season, Wenger has been forced to use full backs Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal at centre back, underlining Wenger's mistake in failing to replace Thomas Vermaelen in the summer.

In January, Wenger simply has to bring in another defender, and reports suggest that Saint-Etienne's Loic Perrin is on his transfer wish list.

Perrin, 29, is believed to be worth around £6m to the Ligue 1 side, which is well within Wenger's budget; but what else would he offer?

Whilst only 5ft 10in, Perrin has a superb reading of the game, and is comfortable bringing the ball out of defence - something that we see Arsenal do on a regular basis.

Yet what could make Perrin a perfect signing for the Gunners is his versatility. A defensive midfielder who was converted to centre back, Perrin can also play at right back.

It was reported in the summer that Wenger wanted to sign a player who could play at both centre back and defensive midfield, and Perrin always looked like being an interesting proposition.

With depth needed at right back, centre back and in midfield, Perrin ticks all the right boxes for Wenger, whose squad has been threadbare at times this season.

Now, the deal could be ideal for Arsenal, with Perrin proving himself to be a consistently excellent performer in France - something that won't have escaped Wenger's attention.

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