Arsene Wenger has been given the green light to make a bid for Espanyol defender Hector Moreno by none other than the 27-year-old himself. As relayed by Metro, it would seem that the Mexican centre back would favour a move to the Gunners over North London rivals Tottenham when the summer transfer window opens.
Despite strong interest from a host of Premier League clubs such as Hull, Swansea, Everton and Tottenham it would seem that Moreno would prefer a switch to the Emirates if he were to leave Spanish outfit Espanyol this summer.
If he were to seal a switch to the red side of North London, it is rumoured that the centre back would command a fee in the region of £15 million.
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If previous reports relayed by the Daily Mail, dating back the January transfer window, are to be believed it would appear that the interest between Moreno and Arsenal is very much a mutual one as Arsenal scout Brian McDermott had previously been to Espanyol to watch Moreno in action against Valencia in January.
Although it was rumoured that the centre back could favour a move to Spurs rather than Arsenal owing to his relationship with former Espanyol boss and current Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, he was recently quoted as telling his agent that he "would do anything" to seal a move to the Emirates come this summer.
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The Mexican has grown frustrated with his lack of playing time with Espanyol this season, with the 27 year old limited to only five first team appearances since La Liga kicked off last September. However, his vast experience at international level and his 57 caps would provide Arsene Wenger with some much needed fresh blood in terms of defensive options come next season when the Gunners will be looking to build on their fine recent run and challenge leaders Chelsea more consistently for the Premier League Title.
With Laurent Koscielny the club's only proven, senior defender and veteran Per Mertesacker struggling for consistency this season, it would seem that defensive re-enforcements during the upcoming transfer window are a priority for Arsene Wenger as he seeks to bolster his defensive options ahead of a potential title challenge next season.