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Arsenal 'in talks' with €5 million Russia sensation

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Arsenal are allegedly nearing a deal for Russia international Renat Yanbaev.

According to imscouting.com, reports in Russia suggest that the versatile Lokomotiv Moscow star is 'in negotiations' with the north London club with a view to a potential move in January.

The 26-year-old as an attack minded full-back who can also operate on the wing and could provide Arsenal with added dynamism as they aim to end their five year trophy drought.

Yanbaev's Russia teammate and current Arsenal ace Andrey Arshavin is thought to be a key player in the negotiations as he looks to persuade his compatriot to join him at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have also been linked with moves for Lille sensation Eden Hazard and Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen in the New Year but, contrary to these reports, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that he is content with depth of his squad.

“We made nine changes [against Wigan] and we still don’t have Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelen, who are injured. Manuel Almunia and Sebastien Squillaci too,” Wenger told the official Arsenal website.

“Then there are the players we rested like Marouane Chamakh. And Aaron Ramsey will be back in the squad [soon].

“I don’t know where to put the players. If you buy a player you have to give them a chance to play. Already we have internationals who don’t get enough games.”

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