Arsenal news – Gunners and Spurs challenge for Samba, Bendtner Hamburg link, Wilshere urges duo to stay

Gunners and Spurs challenge for Samba.

Arsenal face being beaten to the signing of Christopher Samba by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mail has revealed. Spurs are preparing to offer Sebastien Bassong and Robbie Keane to Blackburn Rovers in exchange for the towering centre-half.

Rovers do not want to see their star defender leave but the 27-year-old wants a move to a bigger club, despite signing a four year contract with the Lancashire side.

Samba would prefer a move to Arsenal but Coach Arsene Wenger was not willing to meet the club’s £12m valuation of the player and the French centre-back also feels the Gunners were priced out of a move because of Blackburn’s asking price.

Rovers may not accept Spurs’ part-exchange offer as Keane’s wage demands may be too high and his sell-on value is low because of his age.

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Wilshere urges duo to stay.

Jack Wilshere has urged Arsenal stars Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to remain at the club as he believes next season will be a successful one if they are still in the team.

The saga of Fabregas’s transfer to Barcelona is continuing with reports suggesting the midfielder is getting closer and closer to the Camp Nou, Nasri has been linked to a move to Manchester City after he refused to sign another contract with the Gunners as he enters his final year of his current one.

The Gunners’ teenage star Wilshere hopes that both players will be persuaded to stay at the Emirates as he feels they are vital in the North London club’s long search for trophies: “They are our best players. Any team wants to keep their best players. You can see with Tottenham they want to keep Modric. They are the best players for the team. We have to keep our best players. We know that. We want to win things with our best players.”

Bendtner Hamburg link.

Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen believes Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner would be a dream signing for the Bundesliga club but claims the Gunners’ asking price is far too high for them to make an offer, Goal.com reports.

The Danish international has been looking to leave the Emirates in search of first-team football and manager Arsene Wenger announced this week that the 23-year-old could be leaving the club this summer.

HSV and Borussia Dortmund have shown their interest in Bendtner but both clubs are adamant that Arsenal’s valuation of the striker is far too high.

Arnesen says that Bendtner would be a great signing for the club but admitted that a move is unlikely because of the transfer fee Arsenal are demanding: “Nicklas Bendtner is a very interesting player. His signing would be a real dream. He can also be an attacking midfielder, playing behind the forwards. His signing would almost amount to a small miracle. There are two clubs that have made offers for Nicklas, and unfortunately, we are not among them.”

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