Reports in France are suggesting Arsene Wenger is about to make a double swoop for Ligue 1 stars Rafik Halliche and Stephane Ruffier.

Gunners manager Wenger is on the lookout for a centre-back to replace the outgoing William Gallas and Sol Campbell while Manuel Almunia and Lucasz Fabianski look likely to be replaced in goal.

Algerian defender Halliche would represent a cheaper option to his international team mate, Rangers star Madjid Bougherra.

Acccording to, talks between the Benfica player’s agent and Arsenal representatives have already taken place in London and Halliche is keen to make the move, having spent two years on loan at Nacional.

Monaco Keeper Ruffier, meanwhile, has been touted as a potential French star of the future as Laurent Blanc prepares to make wholesale changes to the national squad.

Wenger is willing to make an offer in the region of 10 million euros (£8.2 million) to secure the 23-year-old who is also interesting Bayern Munich and Juventus.

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