Birmingham star Christopher Samba has become a target for Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger looks to shore up problems in the Gunners’ defence, according to the Daily Mail.

After going six seasons without a trophy, Wenger is reportedly ready to abandon his youth policy and sign some players who are able to contribute experience to the Arsenal side. Samba would reportedly go for a modest sum of £12 million, which has tempted Wenger into considering the centre half.

Aston Villa are also interested in Samba, according to reports, and were keen on doing a swap deal in the transfer period for James Collins.


Samba might well favour a move to Arsenal though, after the star hinted to reporters that he was interested in playing for a side that could challenge for trophies, and possibly play Champions League football.

“I am at an age where I want to try to do something,” Samba said.

“You have only one career and it would be a shame not to make the best of it.”

With possible exits from Arsenal this summer including Cesc Fabregas, Barcary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, and Alex Song, Wenger would be looking to balance the books and Samba would easily come under under budget if even just two players chose to leave the London club.

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