Arsenal ready bid for record-breaking La Liga midfielder

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Arsenal are lining-up a move for Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero, according to The Sun.

The 25-year-old is on loan to the La Liga club from West Brom - having joined the Baggies for a club-record £4.7 million in 2008 - and has reportedly caught the attention of Arsenal after some impressive displays in Spain.

West Brom would allegedly be prepared to entertain bids of around £7 million for the former Spain under 19 international and Arsenal are now thought to be considering an offer in January.

Arsene Wenger is understood to be keen to bolster his midfield ranks due to doubts over the long-term fitness of Cesc Fabregas, as well as the chequered injury past of Arsenal stars Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby.

Valero could provide capable back-up for the Arsenal boss has he aims to win his first trophy with the Gunners in over five years.

Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League and have a Carling Cup quarter-final to look forward to next year, hence Wenger is thought to be keen to add to his squad in order to push towards silverware.

The last time Arsenal won a trophy was their FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United in 2005, but the Gunners remain in pole position to make this season a successful one at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have also been linked with January moves for Ipswich starlet Connor Wickham and Belgian sensation Eden Hazard in what could prove to be a busy transfer window for the Gunners.

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