Arsenal and Newcastle target talks transfer plans

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Arsenal and Newcastle target Marvin Martin is planning to see out the season with Sochaux despite attracting interest from a number of top clubs reports

The 23-year-old French international is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, with a bidding war expected when the transfer window reopens in January.

Arsenal, Newcastle, Lyon, Lille and Borussia Dortmund are just five of the clubs credited with an interest, but it is widely believed that further parties are keeping a close eye on the player's situation.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of his compatriot, and may attempt to bring him to the Emirates Stadium as he seeks further reinforcements in his Arsenal midfield following the summer departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.


Meanwhile, Magpies manager Alan Pardew is also keen to add to the French contingent he currently has at St James' Park, and may renew interest in a player he tried to sign for Newcastle in August.

But both Newcastle and Arsenal's hopes of landing Martin in January will have received a blow after the player revealed he will only consider a transfer at the end of the current campaign.

"I've started the season with Sochaux and I'll finish it with Sochaux as well," he confirmed.

"I have absolutely no desire to leave the side like that in the middle of the season."

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