Report: Valencia swoop in with £12m bid for Arsenal misfit Francis Coquelin amid West Ham interest

Francis Coquelin of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is wanted by Valencia and West Ham United.

Francis Coquelin of Arsenal gets past Yuya Osako of Koeln during the UEFA Europa League group H match between 1. FC Koeln and Arsenal FC at RheinEnergieStadion on November 23, 2017 in...

According to The Mirror, Valencia have opened the bidding for Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin with an offer of £12million.

Coquelin, 26, joined Arsenal from Stade Lavallois back in 2008, and was sent out on loan to Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton Athletic before becoming a first-team player for the Gunners.

The Frenchman has now racked up more than 150 first-team appearances for Arsenal, featuring as a holding midfielder under Arsene Wenger whilst receiving criticism from Gunners fans.

Francis Coquelin of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.

Now, with just one Premier League start to his name this season, Coquelin could leave Arsenal this month, and the Gunners appear to have received a first bid.

The Mirror report that Valencia have submitted an offer of £12million for Coquelin, and hope to get a deal done amid rival interest from Premier League clubs.

Crystal Palace and West Ham United are also believed to be keen on signing the midfielder, but they will now have to top the £12million offered by Valencia if they are to land him.

Francis Coquelin of Arsenal is chased by Pedro Obiang of West Ham United during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 19,...

The Hammers are desperately searching for a new midfielder during this month's transfer window, and Coquelin appears to be one name on David Moyes' radar.

Whether West Ham can match or better that £12million offer remains to be seen, and fans may have reservations over paying that kind of money for a player perceived as being limited on the ball.

Arsenal's French midfielder Francis Coquelin  gesture after the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Arsenal and Red Star Belgrade at The Emirates Stadium in London on...

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