Arsenal at centre of 'next Yaya Toure' deal

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A host of Premier League clubs are battling to land Arsenal starlet Chuks Aneke on loan reports

The imposing 18-year-old midfielder is on the fringes of the first-team, after making an impressive debut in the Carling Cup earlier this year.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of the England youth international, and recently likened him to Manchester City star Yaya Toure.

"Chuks is a bit like Yaya Toure - he has body power and good technique," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

"We had Yaya here [on trial] and for me Chuks is a bit similar because he can play behind the striker or in a deeper role as well.

"We will have to see where he will develop, it is not excluded that in the future he will play deeper in midfield."

Arsenal are believed to be considering letting Aneke leave on a short-term basis, to join up with one of a number of interested Championship clubs, before securing a loan switch to a Barclays Premier League side in January.

Wenger is keen for the youngster, who has come through the Gunners' esteemed youth academy, to gain some first team experience. It is likely he will need to leave the Emirates Stadium to do so, but there will not be a shortage of clubs waiting to secure his signature.

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