Gunners plot 'counter offer' for England international defender - reports

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Arsenal are being linked with a summer move for Everton defender Leighton Baines.

The England international has been linked with a handful of clubs throughout the Barclays Premier League, with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini one of those thought to be considering a move for the former Wigan left back.

However, Click Manchester and a host of other reports claim Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to join the race for the 26-year-old, who has been a figure of consistency at Goodison Park this season and claimed the club's Players' Player of the Year for the campaign.

With finances still tight for the Toffees, a big-money offer may be difficult for David Moyes to turn down, although the Scot will be desperate to keep hold of his best players. claim City are considering a player-plus-cash offer involving Wayne Bridge, and that the Gunners are preparing a counter offer in an effort to bring the player to the Emirates.


With speculation over Gael Clichy's future at Arsenal, the French manager is thought to be considering his options with a handful of players linked.

Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho and Christopher Samba have all been linked, with Wenger confirming at the end of the season that Arsenal will look to flex their financial muscle in the transfer market.

The manager has vowed to spend should he find the 'right' player, and if Clichy does make an exit from north London, Baines could be that man for Arsenal.

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