Gunners target admits Premier League 'attraction'

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Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia has confirmed that talks over a move to England are ongoing, with Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa reportedly vying for his signature.

The 22-year-old Malian international joined the Ligue 1 outfit from Chateauroux in 2009, and still has two years to run on his current contract, but is believed to be keen on a move to England.

Asked by Le 10 Sport if he was in contact with a Premier League club, Doumbia said: "Yes, there are discussions.

"My agent is taking care of that - it is nice but a transfer requires all parties agreeing to it and now we are talking with Rennes.

"And this is not that I don't want to play with Rennes but this is the Premier League, it is a league that really attracts me. I think I have a playing style suited to the Premier League."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be monitoring Doumbia's situation, as he weighs up an attempt to lure him to the Emirates Stadium.

RMC Sport claims that a €2.5million bid has already been lodged, but it is unclear at this stage which club has made the formal offer.

Either way, Doumbia is hopeful that a negotiations can be completed ahead of the start of the 2012-13 campaign, adding: "I am due to resume training on Monday, but I hope everything will be fixed shortly."

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