Arsenal track Cameroonian international

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for Cameroon international Stephane Mbia.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has had a fine first season at Marseille, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly considering a summer move for the versatile player.

Mbia moved to France in 2004, moving to Stade Rennais from Kadji Sports Academy in his homeland. Based in Douala, the Academy has also produced Samuel Eto'o, Carlos Kameni and Eric Djemba Djemba in the past.

After a steady start to life at the Route de Lorient, Mbia became a regular feature in the side from the 2005/06 season onwards. He would make over 100 Ligue 1 appearances at the club before making a £10.4 million move in July '09.

The powerhouse midfielder, who can also play in the centre back position, became an instant hit at OM. His performances for Didier Deschamps' side have been pivotal in helping the side win their first title in France since 1992, and have led to this recent speculation over a summer exit from the Stade Vélodrome.

The Daily Mail reports that Wenger is willing to spend part of his transfer war chest on Mbia, who has previously been touted as 'the next Patrick Vieira'. The possible exit of Cesc Fabregas has done nothing but flame rumours of this potential transfer move.

The Frenchman will need to offer around £16 million for the player, who could become the first addition at the Emirates when the transfer window re-opens in June.

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