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West Ham join Arsenal in Mathieu Valbuena race - transfer roundup

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Arsene Wenger's hopes of replacing Bacary Sagna with the addition of France team-mate Mathieu Debuchy have been dealt a blow after Newcastle United demanded £12 million for the defender's signature. (Daily Express)

The 28-year-old had been identified as a strong candidate to fill the right-back void at the Emirates next season, but with Arsenal only prepared to pay £9 million, a move now looks increasingly likely.

Serge Aurier

Ivory Coast full-back Serge Aurier is another name mooted for a potential switch to north London, after the Gunners boss tracked him closely during the World Cup. He is reportedly available for around £7 million.

However, rivals Tottenham are reportedly looking to hijack the prospective transfer with Mauricio Pochettino planning a late bid to lure the player to White Hart Lane. (Daily Mail)

Mathieu Valbuena

Arsenal's courting of Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena have taken a surprise twist after West Ham United joined the race to sign the £8 million playmaker. (Daily Mail)

Valbuena has played a starring role for France at the World Cup this summer and Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

The 29-year-old midfielder is keen to test himself in the Premier League, but it looks as though he'll have more than one destination to choose from with Upton Park now an alternative option.

Alessandro Florenzi

Arsenal made an approach to Roma star Alessandro Florenzi's agent to ask if the versatile Italian international was interested in a move to north London. (Sky Italia)

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was suitably impressed with Florenzi's form in Serie 'A' last season, and instructed club chiefs to sound out the playmaker's representative Alessandro Lucci over the possibility of a summer switch.

Keylor Navas

Arsenal and Liverpool are locked in a battle with Atletico Madrid to sign Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas after the World Cup - and could get him for as little as £6.5 million. (Daily Mail)

Considered by many as La Liga's best stopper last season, Navas made the most saves in the league and conceded the second fewest goals. His inspired form in Brazil this summer has attracted glances from a host of admirers, and Arsene Wenger is allegedly keen to bring him to the Emirates as a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski.

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